The Museum offers a wealth of fascinating things to see and do. If it's your first visit, you can join a free hour-long tour of Museum highlights. Tours gather on the second floor at quarter after the hour every hour from 10 AM until 3 PM. If you'd rather explore on your own, just grab a floor plan and go. But don't forget to check out our Museum highlights while you're there.
American Museum of Natural History Highlights
The Dinosaurs: The Museum's famous dinosaur exhibits attract dinosaur maniacs of all ages. Located on the fourth floor of the Museum, the giant dinosaur fossils on display include a Tyrannosaurus Rex, an Apatosaurus, a Stegosaurus, and nearly one million other specimens.
The Rose Center for Earth and Space Featuring the New Hayden Planetarium: The magnificent Rose Hall features the Hayden Planetarium, a sphere-shaped Space Theater, where visitors can watch the universe displayed above and around them for unique virtual reality experiences. Rose Hall also has educational exhibits on the earth, space exploration, and the universe.
The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life – See one of the Museum's most celebrated icons, the 94-foot-long blue whale. You can also see
dioramas that bring you up close and personal with other ocean life including dolphins, sharks, and giant squid.
The Butterfly Conservatory -- The Butterfly Conservatory is a popular seasonal exhibit. Enter a garden buzzing with beautiful technicolor butterflies and moths. The Butterfly Conservatory is typically open from October through May.
Summer 2009 Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History -- Top exhibits for the summer of 2009 include Extreme Mammals, Climate Change, and Cosmic Collisions (in the Hayden Planetarium). You can also catch the IMAX film Wild Ocean.
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