Sample of the Permanent Halls (included for all visitors)
Akeley Hall of African Mammals
Since its opening in 1936, the hall has been considered one of the world's great museum displays with 28 dioramas in this hall depicting some of the many animals and habitats of Africa. All the animals have been reconstructed with such scientific accuracy and detail that they appear astoundingly lifelike. It was named after Carl Akeley (1864-1926), the explorer,
conservationist, taxidermist, sculptor, and photographer who conceived
of, designed, and collected for this hall.
Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, and Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems
halls contain exquisite treasures systematically arranged according to
their physical properties to showcase an extraordinary range of size,
color and shape. A highlight is the 563-carat Star of India, the largest and most famous sapphire in the world as well as the Patricia Emerald, a 632-carat specimen that is one of
the very few large, gem-quality emeralds that have been preserved uncut.
Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
in 2007, it is the first major exhibition to present, side by side, the
mutually reinforcing evidence of the fossil record and cutting-edge DNA
research. The hall covers millions of years of human history,
from the emergence of our earliest ancestors through the evolution of
our own species. It presents a fascinating mix of fossils, film, interactive media, life-size tableaux, ancient artifacts, and more.Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
renovated, the hall is now a 29,000 square-foot (2,694 square meters)
fully immersive marine environment with high definition video
projections, interactive computer stations, and eight new ocean habitat
displays. Be dwarfed by the celebrated 94-foot (28.6 m) blue whale, one of the
Museum's star attractions, floats in a "virtual ocean" created through
dramatic lighting, video and sound effects. The Andros Coral
Reef, a two level diorama containing 40 tons (36 metric tonnes) of coral, allows a unique
view of this ecosystem above and below the water.
Special Exhibitions and Attractions Included with the Supersaver Ticket
The Secret World Inside You: The Human Microbiome
November 7, 2015 – August 14, 2016
Explore the remarkable complexities of the human microbiome, home to a community of 100 trillion bacteria living inside and on our bodies.
Secret Ocean 2D and 3D Screenings Daily
IMAX movie | July 6, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Jean-Michel Cousteau invites viewers on a compelling journey into the secret world of creatures within the ocean as never seen before.
September 5, 2015 – May 29, 2016
Dense humidity, lush green plants, and tropical butterflies of every color filling the room—experience one of the Museum’s most popular annual seasonal exhibitions.
Life at the Limits Stories of Amazing Species
On view through January 3, 2016
Explore the amazing specializations organisms employ to face the unusual challenges of living on Earth, including survival in harsh physical surroundings.
Hayden Planetarium Space Show
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space with your narrator, famed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.