Ticketing FAQ

All tickets—including Member tickets, complimentary tickets, and pre-paid pass tickets—must be reserved online in advance of your visit.

The Museum continues to require facial coverings. See Health and Safety for details.

Tickets are timed-entry to limit capacity. Time slots available from 10 am to 4 pm, now through Sept. 4, 2022. Same-day entrance or certain time slots may be unavailable due to limited capacity and advance reservations. Availability will continue to be updated.

Museum Hours:

  • Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm

Pay What You Wish Admission

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents (with ID): The amount you pay for General Admission is up to you. Click on How to Pay What You Wish below for details.

Temporarily Unavailable

Services and Amenities

  • Coat check service
  • Drinking fountains
  • Cafes*
  • The Planetarium Shop is closed but the main Museum Shop and special exhibition shops are open. 

*No eating is permitted in Museum galleries. The Food Court is now open from 10:30 am–4:30 pm, Wednesday–Sunday, or visitors may leave and return using the same timed-entry ticket on the same day.

Halls and Exhibits

  • Discovery Room
  • Public educational laboratories

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe

  • Upgraded ventilation systems
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the building
  • Wearing facial coverings at all times

Health and Safety Requirements for Visitors

  • Avoid visiting if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with someone infected with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Wear a facial covering throughout the visit (for all visitors ages 2 and up), remain together with your party, and children under age 12 must remain with adults at all times. No neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandannas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes.
  • Use hand sanitizer, which will be available at stations throughout the building.
  • Follow directions from staff and signage for physical distancing, reducing contact, and other guidelines for use of facilities.
  • Follow the Museum’s Code of Conduct.
  • Visitors who require an accommodation for any of these items must contact [email protected] before your visit to discuss your needs.

Entrances and Exits

  • Visitors can enter and exit through Central Park West (upstairs) at 79th Street or at the accessible entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • For priority access, Members and their guests can use the Member entrance at Central Park West and 79th Street (ground level, under the grand staircase).
  • Access-a-Ride Service and GPS devices should use the following address: 56 West 81st Street, which is the accessible entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.