INSIDE: Discovery Room Museum of Natural History New York. 2018.
Did you know there’s a room dedicated to kids at the American Museum of Natural History?
It was the highlight of our visit, with tonnes of hands-on activities for kids to explore natural history in real life.
Check it out.
- 1 The Big-Ticket Must-See Attractions at the American Museum of Natural History
- 2 The Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History
- 3 Discovery Room Highlights:
- 4 Hot tip 1: Take a Self Guided Tour
- 5 Hot tip 2: Sign up to the Family Newsletter
- 6 The Inside Scoop – Discovery Room Museum of Natural History New York
- 7 Opening Hours for Museum
- 8 Map of American Museum of Natural History
- 9 Toadstool Rating – Discovery Room Museum of Natural History
- 10 Looking for MORE Super Fun Things to Do in NEW YORK CITY with Kids?
The Big-Ticket Must-See Attractions at the American Museum of Natural History
First up, see the big ticket items at the Natural History museum for kids. Here’s the list of stuff you must not miss.
- Look at the Giant Galapagos Turtle and Crocodiles in the Hall of Reptilians and Amphibians
- See the Mammoth and Saber Tooth Tiger bones in the Hall of Advanced Mammals
- Be wowed by the Stegosaurus and Triceratops fossils at the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs
- Spy the Alaska Brown Bear and American Bison at the Hall of North American Mammals
- Check the African Animal displays at the Hall of African Animals
- Explore the Galaxy at the Rose Center for Earth and Space
- Stand under the Giant Blue Whale in the Hall of Ocean Life
- Explore Human History in the Human Origins and Cultural Halls
The Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History
Once you’ve checked out the must-do highlights of the Natural History museum, make a beeline for the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History.
This hands-on room for families and children aged 5-12 is an interactive exhibition giving kids an opportunity to explore behind the scenes of science.
There’s something for everyone including activities from every major field of Museum science and research, from anthropology to zoology.
Older kids, teens and adults should head upstairs for more activities too.
Discovery Room Highlights:
- Grab your clipboard and torch to hunt for animals in a magnificent replica of an African baobab tree filled with specimens of birds, insects, reptiles, and small mammals.
- Create your own collection of minerals, skulls, or arthropods from a cabinet full of fascinating specimens.
- Learn about cultures in locations from Brooklyn to Bombay by examining traditional and contemporary artefacts from around the world.
- Use the bones in the drawer to build a life-sized cast skeleton of Prestosuchus, a 14-foot long reptile from the late Triassic Period
- Handle real fossils
- Become an archeologist and unearth an Oviraptor nest in a re-creation of a paleontology field site.
- Track real-time earthquakes anywhere in the world on the digital seismographic display and explore the natural world with sophisticated microscopes on the upper level.
There’s puzzles, artifacts, specimens to view, scientific challenges, felt pictures, masks to copy, colouring in, and books to read too.
Hot tip 1: Take a Self Guided Tour
There’s also tours to discover Dinosaurs, or an Earth and Space Tour featuring moon rocks, meteorites, and more.
Hot tip 2: Sign up to the Family Newsletter
For upcoming events and activities for families, sign up to the American Museum of Natural History newsletter and tick ‘Family Programs’.
The Inside Scoop – Discovery Room Museum of Natural History New York
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of.
- The Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History is on the 1st floor between the Grand Gallery and the Warburg Hall of New York State Environment.
- The American Museum of Natural History is located at Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
Website: Click here
Opening Hours for Museum
The Museum is open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The Discovery Room opening hours are as below.
Summer Hours: July 1st to Labor Day
- Monday to Sunday – 10.30am to 1.25pm; 2.15pm to 5.10pm
Winter Hours: Day after Labor Day to June 30
- Monday to Thursday – 1.30pm to 5.10pm
- Saturday, Sunday and Public School holidays – 10.30am to 1.25pm; 2.15pm to 5.10pm
- Closed Fridays
- General admission to all 45 Museum Halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space is $23 USD for adults, $13 USD for children 2-12 years, $18 USD for students and seniors.
- Admission to the Giant Screen films, a Special Exhibition, or Space Show tickets is extra. Click here for details.
- Hot tip: Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.
- Free passes for 40-minute timed sessions in the Discovery Room are available at the Discovery Room entrance
How to get there: Click here for details on how to get there, where to park, and FAQ
Map of American Museum of Natural History
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options:
- Museum Food Court – Best for families. Lower Level, across from the Subway entrance. Open daily, 11 am–4:45 pm
- Café on One – Gourmet selections for adult tastes, wines by the glass and a selection of beers. First floor, Grand Gallery. Open daily, 11 am–4:45 pm.
- Café on Four – Light meals and assorted snacks. Fourth floor, adjacent to 77th Street elevators. Open daily, 11 am–4:45 pm.
Toilets: Yes including baby change table
- All of the Museum’s exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. Public elevators near the Central Park West and 77th Street entrances and those in the Rose Center are equipped with Braille signage and give auditory signals.
- All theaters include wheelchair locations and companion seats. The LeFrak Theater also is equipped with chairs that have swing-out armrests for those wishing to sit in a theatre seat.
- All food service areas are accessible by wheelchair, with no steps, turnstiles, or other potential obstructions.
Closest playground: The Diana Ross playground on the border of Central Park is 5 minutes walk. Head out the front door and turn left.
The Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History was last reviewed in October 2018.
Toadstool Rating – Discovery Room Museum of Natural History
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