American Museum of Natural History in New York City

If you are a fan of Robin Williams or have watched the series Night At The Museum, you may recognize the American Museum of Natural History. It is a bold and beautiful building nestled next to Central Park. There’s often a slew of people in and out of the building all day long. We visited on a weekday morning, and it was still bustling with a steady stream of onlookers. Museum admission costs $25 per adult and $13.50 per child. For two of us, it would be $50. I scoffed at the price and did my due diligence to find some discounts. With Robin Williams’ recent passing, we were both very intent on visiting, but because I’m cheap, I had to try to get the cost down.

In my search I found out that the American Museum of Natural History’s admission pricing is by suggested donation. Did you read that?



So what’s that mean? Well, it means it’s a name your own price museum! So you can act like a tourist and cough up the $25 per person rate or you can name your own price. Any day of the week.

We paid $2.50 per person. $5 total.

I felt like a local!

We spent a few hours touring the museum. One really neat thing is that they have a free app you can download that will serve as a map. It updates over the wifi to constantly show your current location, so no getting lost!

I wish that I had planned our trip better so that we could’ve pin pointed exhibits from the movie better. But then I learned that while Night At The Museum is based at there, the exhibits aren’t. So we toured around and found a few things from the movie anyways, just because they are relevant to natural history.

There was actually a line of people taking selfies with the Easter Island Head.

You know this guy:

Insert a few silly reenactments by onlookers…

If you are ever in Central Park area in New York city, stop by the American Museum of Natural History and name your own price. It’s totally worth it!

What was the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at a museum?


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