Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Focus: The natural world from prehistoric to modern times, on this planet and beyond.
Appealing to kids: Almost everything! Perennial favorites include the iconic dinosaur fossil halls, mammal halls, Rose Center for Earth and Space, and seasonal water park on the Arthur Ross Terrace (bring swimsuits). Get passes for the Discovery Room for an up-close look at the science behind the museum. Explore the museum’s website, which includes programming and teaching tools for families and children, a science website for kids, and a calendar of events. For an extravagant treat, spend the night with your child ages 6-13 at the museum!
Admission: Adults $22; Seniors/Students with ID $17; Children (2-12) $12.50; Members and Children under 2 Free. Online ticket purchase available, subject to a $2 service charge per ticket. Additional charges apply for special exhibitions, Lefrak Theater films, and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show.
Stroller policy: You may bring your stroller throughout the museum, but there are some areas where it’s inaccessible or prohibited. Stroller-accessible entrances are at (1) the Rose Center for Earth and Space (Central Park West & W. 81st St.) and (2) on Columbus Ave. & W. 79th St.
Changing table: Yes. A single family restroom with a proper changing table is located on the 1st Floor by the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. See this map of the museum. Other restrooms, such as the outside the Food Court, may have shelves or other suitable spaces for changing diapers.
Food & drink: The museum has four restaurants (click for menus), all open daily from 11AM-4:45PM except the Starlight Café on Sat-Sun only. The Food Court and Starlight Café are the most typically kid-friendly, but children are welcome at all venues.
- Food Court on the Lower Level
- Café on One, 1st Floor, Grand Gallery, near the 81st St. entrance
- Café on Four, 4th Floor next to 77th St. elevators
- Starlight Café, 1st Floor next to Hayden Planetarium
Other kid-friendly amenities: Birthday parties for children ages 4-10 are available for members at the Family level.