American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192


Central Park West at 79th Street
10024-5192 New York , NY
United States
Phone: 212-769-5100
New York US
New York American Museum of Natural History

Facility Access Information

Accessible Entrance: 
The following entrances are accessible by wheelchair and have passenger loading zones and curb ramps: * Rose Center for Earth and Space entrance: 81st Street, just west of Central Park West (wheelchair accessible) * Parking garage: 81st Street adjacent to Rose Center entrance (wheelchair accessible) * 77th Street entrance: (This entrance is open only for special programs.) 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue All of the Museum's exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. All theaters include wheelchair locations and companion seats. The LeFrak IMAX® Theater also is equipped with chairs that have swing-out armrests for those wishing to sit in a theater seat. All food service areas are accessible by wheelchair with no steps, turnstiles, or other potential obstructions.
Café / Restaurant: 
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Wheelchairs Available: 
Wheelchairs are available for visitor use on a first-come, first-served basis at the Will Call desk directly inside the Rose Center/81st Street entrance, at the Main/Central Park West entrance, and in the parking garage. Please bring a form of identification for wheelchair use.
Accessible Restrooms: 
Some restrooms are accessible
Accessible Restroom Location: 
*Lower level near the subway entrance * Lower level, Rose Center for Earth and Space * First floor, Charles A. Dana Education Wing* First floor, Rose Center for Earth and Space * Third floor, Hall of Primates * Fourth floor, Orientation Center
Service Animals: 
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits: 
Several of the Museum's permanent halls feature touchable exhibits. The Discovery Room on the first floor has touchable exhibits specially geared toward children. The Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth features many touchable rock specimens. Special exhibitions often have touch stations as well.
Audio Exhibits: 
Infrared assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available upon request in the following locations: * LeFrak IMAX® Theater * Kaufmann and Linder Theaters * Hayden Planetarium Space Theater * Big Bang Theater
Downloadable scripts of the following shows are available: Journey to the Stars Space Show script (Word doc), large print script (Word doc). The Big Bang script (pdf, 57kb), large print script (Word doc).
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Science Sense Tours: Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the Museum galleries. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects. Science Sense is free with Museum admission. Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional information or to register for a Science Sense tour, please call 212 313-7565 or email
Our Access Programs Use: 
Verbal Description Tours
Touch Tours
Touch objects (replicas, facsimiles, props)
Verbal descriptions
Theaters, Auditoriums, Video Installations
Theaters and Auditoriums: 
Infrared system
Rear Window Captioning (RWC) is available
RWC Locations: 
Rear Window captioning (RWC) is available in the LeFrak IMAX Theater for most films. Please see the theater attendant for a panel. Open captioning is provided in most exhibit theaters throughout the Museum.