Shop, Dine, & Explore at the American Museum of Natural History

Shop, Dine, & Explore at the American Museum of Natural HistorySheryl and I spent Labor Day weekend in New York City. While we were there, we bought a CityPASS. The CityPASS allows you to see several things in the Big Apple, including the Empire State Building Observatory, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Top of the Rock, and much more. We actually ended up doing all of the things in the CityPASS… we got our money’s worth.

I really enjoyed seeing the city and being a typical tourist. At the American Museum of Natural History, there is a LOT to see. While here you can shop, dine, and explore the museum on all levels.

Shop Till You Drop

Things in NYC are not cheap… but the city offers some of the best shopping in the world. Even here at the museum you can shop your heart out. Below are the places at the American Museum of Natural History you can fill your bags with goodies.

  • The Museum Shop (first and second floors)
  • DinoStore with play space (second floor)
  • The Shop for Earth & Space (Rose Center, lower level)
  • Cosmic Shop (Rose Center, second floor)
  • Brain Shop (third floor)
  • The Sauropod Shop (fourth floor through January 2)
  • Online Shop (

Let’s Eat!

The museum is huge… expect to spend a few hours here. There are several levels and tons of things to see. Depending on how detailed you want to be, you could very well spend a week or more here. They let you take pictures, too, so that could add time to your visit.

Being so busy and walking around the museum can make a person hungry! Good thing there are plenty of places to eat at the museum.

  • Museum Food Court (Offering a wide variety of selections appealing to all ages and palates. Open daily from 11:00 AM – 4:45 PM (lower level)
  • Café on One – Gourmet selections for adult tastes. Open daily from 11:00 AM – 4:45 PM (first floor)
  • Café on 4 – Light meals and assorted snacks. Open daily from 11:00 AM – 4:45 (fourth floor)
  • Starlight Café – Refreshments. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 4:45 PM (first floor)

Exploring the Museum

If you have a smartphone, make sure to download the AMNH Explorer App from the iTunes app store. This app can be used on your iPhone or iPod touch. If you don’t have a mobile device, an Apple mobile device at that, you can borrow a preloaded device at no charge from the Explorer desk in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda (second floor).

We had a LOT of fun here… did you know they filmed Night at the Museum here? This place is packed with a ton of history and lots of things to look at… to explore. See you at the museum! The American Museum of Natural History is a private not-for-profit educational institution supported by admission fees, memberships, and contributions. The City of New York owns the Museum buildings and the land on which they site and provides funds for their operation and maintenance.

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