Guided tour

NYC American Museum of Natural History Guided Museum Tour

4.8 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Babylon Tours NYC

NYC American Museum of Natural History Guided Museum Tour

Activity provider: Babylon Tours NYC

From US$ 115.54 per person

From dinosaurs to space rocks, this Museum houses some of the world’s most fascinating artifacts. Join our engaging guide on this 2.5 hour tour taking you through the 28 buildings that make up this iconic landmark while covering all the main highlights.

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Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • See the famous Blue Whale
  • Get a first hand look at lions, deer, and elephants while visiting the different regions of the globe
  • Bring your family to the best family-friendly museum in the world
Full description
The 33 million objects housed in the museum cover basically all of Earth’s history, so you’ll be lucky to have a knowledgeable guide break it all down for you. More than just a storyteller, your young, passionate, and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions, and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they just lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and semi-private tour option are offered, to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience. Begin with the museum itself as you learn about its story in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda where you’ll meet the first of many prehistoric creatures on your visit. Your guide will reveal how the dioramas are made as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall. Then move towards the dinosaur exhibits where you’ll explore some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the more familiar T-Rex, you’ll feel like a kid again as you learn their stories. You’ll then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gazing up at the giant Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. Finally, blast off beyond our orbit in the Rose Center for Earth and Space to feel unbelievably insignificant facing the mysteries of the cosmos. Where else in New York can you feel like you’ve traveled through time and space without leaving the Upper West Side? This 2.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.
  • 2.5 hour guided tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Private and small-group tour options
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The museum may be subjected to occasional closures without prior warning. When this occurs, you will be provided with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1 hour from the tour starting time. In these cases, the local partner is unable to provide refunds or discounts
  • Appropriate dress is required to enter the museum
  • No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs
  • Due to increased security measures, some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access
  • Some specific rooms inside the museum are subject to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside; your guide will provide the information about these places before entering the specific rooms
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 2 guests. If this is not the case, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
  • Small group tours run with maximum 8 participants
  • Wheelchair-friendly tours available upon request only
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 21 reviews

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James was a fun and knowledgeable guide. My family and I had been to the museum on numerous other occasions but his tour provided such great insight into the history of the museum that it was like we had never really seen it before! Ask for James if you book this tour. You’ll be happy you did.

December 25, 2021

Although the museum was crowded due to the holiday, we had a wonderful tour guide who was just fantastic. Mark had so much information to share with us and got us thru the museum with ease and helped us not waste any time trying to find our way so we got to see everything we wanted plus some. He even stayed a little longer then he needed to so he could show us a few extra things. We loved it and would definitely use the service again when touring.

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January 9, 2020

Katherine met us at the appointed location and time and toured us through the museum highlighting the many rooms and exhibits beginning eiht the space and planetarium and at the ocean exhibit with the huge suspended whale. She was very personable, knowdgeable and tailored our tour to what we were interested in viewing.

December 10, 2019

Product ID: 128517