Located in the heart of Manhattanalong beautiful Central Parkthe American Museum of Natural History presents an exciting concurrence of the past and the future and is a continual delight for the curious of all ages. Current exhibits include:|
IMAX Film: Penguins (on view July 8, 2013―January 8, 2014)
Written and narrated by naturalist and noted filmmaker Sir David Attenborough, Penguins follows a King Penguin on the perilous journey from youth to fatherhood, on the island of South Georgia, near Antarctica. The young male King Penguin at the center of Penguins must earn his place among the island inhabitants while finding a mate and raising a family. The film, set amid steep mountain ranges and windblown icy plains, follows him through the most challenging time in a King Penguin’s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators.
Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter at the Butterfly Conservatory
(Through May 26, 2014)
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry, diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation.
Dark Universe at the Hayden Planetarium Space Show
A spectacular new Space Show will take viewers through the recent dramatic advances in our knowledge of the universe and explore what’s to come in the future of cosmology. Viewers will gaze up at the bright Milky Way from Mt. Wilson Observatory in California—where Edwin Hubble first discovered galaxies outside of our own—and plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere with a probe from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Through an extremely detailed, never-before-seen visualization based on new scientific data, the audience will experience how dark matter—an invisible form of matter—shapes galaxies. Viewers also will delve into the mysteries of dark energy, the force that is accelerating the expansion of the universe. This show will explore how a new age of discovery has begun as ever-larger instruments on the ground and in space reveal the previously unknown about our cosmos. Space Shows are available in English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The Power of Poison (Through August 10, 2014)
Cleopatra was said to prefer the bite of an asp, while the powerful Borgia family dispatched their enemies with arsenic in Renaissance Italy. For centuries, humans have marveled at the secrets of poisons and sought to harness their toxic powers—and this exhibition will explore both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its perils and potential.
Approaching poison from several different perspectives—as a dynamic defense system used by animals locked in evolutionary arms races with predators; as a compelling thread that runs through familiar legends, myths, and fables; as a series of mysteries visitors encounter and solve, including what suddenly poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard his ship, the Resolution, while it was anchored off the shores of New Caledonia in the autumn of 1774; as a promising source for powerful medical treatments—Poison brings into sharp focus this captivating topic.
- Admission to the American Museum of Natural History permanent collection
- All special exhibits
- Admission to the Hayden Planetarium Space Show
- IMAX movie
- Admission to the Rose Center for Earth and Space
- Access to join one of the many public highlights tours offered daily
Daily; the museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Hours of operation:
10 AM5:45 PM
1-day ticket; please allow at least 3 hours to explore the museum
The Space Show, IMAX movie, and special exhibitions begin at 10:30 AM and run every hour on the half hour; these are scheduled entries. If you miss your show time, every effort will be made to schedule you for a different time.
Admission is complimentary for children younger than 2 years. A variety of dining options is available within the museum.
|After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:|
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it is critical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.
Exchange your voucher for activity:
Please present your voucher(s) and photo identification at either the Main Entrance located at 79th Street and Central Park West, open daily 10 AM to 5:45 PM (go to CityPass Desk); or at the
Rose Center Entrance at 81st Street between C.P.W. and Columbus Avenue, open daily from 10 AM to 5:45 PM (go to Will Call Desk). If you made reservations, please redeem for tickets at the Rose Center Entrance Will Call Desk.
|Terms and conditions|
|Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to 48 hours before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.|