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For Members Member Resources Museum Lodging Directory

Often the most expensive part of a museum collections visit is not the transportation to the museum, but lodging. This is especially true in large cities, where many of the major collections are housed. This directory has been compiled as a service to the paleontological community, particularly students traveling on a limited budget. This is not a complete directory, but it represents information submitted by students who have actually used the lodging. Their comments are included after each entry.

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American Museum of Natural History 
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
Field Museum of Natural History 
Institut fur Geowissenschaften, Eberhard Karls Universsitat
Los Angeles County Museum
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Museum of Northern Arizona
Museum of Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley 
Museum of the Rockies
New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Royal Ontario Museum
Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of Natural History)
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart
T. rex Discovery Center/Eastend Museum 

General Hostel Information 
Tips for Finding Inexpensive Lodging

American Museum of Natural History

New York, New York, USA

Amsterdam Inn
340 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 579-7500

This hotel is within about a three or four block walk from the AMNH, in a good neighborhood. The cheapest option is to get a room with a shared bath-these cost about $70 to $80 per night (exceptionally priced for New York City!). I stayed there during August of 2002, and was quite pleased with my experience. My room was small, but clean and comfortable. It had an air conditioner and a TV, which was very nice. A variety of affordable dining options surround the hotel. I made my reservations on-line, with no problems.-Reviewed by Andrew Farke

Hostelling International-New York
891 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025-4403
Phone: (212) 932-2300
Fax: (212) 932-2574

Costs approximately $30, and it is a 30 minute walk from AMNH.--Reviewed by Emma Rainforth. 

Hotel Newton
2528 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 678-6500, or (800) 643-5553
Fax: (212) 678-6758

Having just returned from a week (April, 2003) in NYC at the AMNH, I can whole-heartedly recommend the Hotel Newton, located at 94th and Broadway. A smallish single room (they call them "petite") cost me about $80.00 a night, as opposed to well over $200.00 at the Excelsior, located right next to the AMNH. The Newton was clean and seems to be a popular place with visiting foreign students. One can walk or take the bus or subway to the Museum.--Reviewed by Richard S. White, Jr.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Hostelling International-Cuyahoga Valley Stanford Hostel
6093 Stanford Road, Peninsula, OH 44264 Mail Address: same
Phone: (330) 467-8711
Fax: (330) 467-8711

Costs approximately $15 per night, and it is approximately a 30-minute drive from the Cleveland Museum.--Reviewed by Emma Rainforth.

Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago's Essex Inn
800 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-2115
Phone: 312.939.2800
Fax: 312.922.6153

This hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Museum, and a good deal for the money. I purchased my tickets through, (which was significantly cheaper than buying them directly from the hotel) and got me a free 8th night, making it ~ $60/night. My room was small, but clean and comfortable with an air conditioner and a TV. The hotel has a restaurant, a free 24-hour Business Center with high-speed internet connections, and a surprisingly nice gym with a large pool, sauna, and exercise machines individually equipped with overhead TV. There is even a free shuttle going to the Field Museum every hour. The local area is filled with cheap restaurants and coffee shops for those on a budget, so I really had no need to travel far from the hotel. I found the staff very helpful, and especially accommodating when I requested to store my luggage after check out on my last day. With leopard print carpet in the hallway, what more could you ask for?.--Reviewed by Karen Samonds.

Hostelling International-Chicago
24 E. Congress Parkway,
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 360-0300
Fax: (312) 360-0313

Costs $25 to $30 per night. When I was at the FMNH for several weeks I stayed at their International House/Youth Hostel. It was not what I expected for a youth hostel. I got a private room with desk. It was more like a dorm, and for a dorm fairly nice. Bathrooms were shared.--Reviewed by Tim Koneval.

The International House of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637-2997 USA
Phone: (773) 753-2270

This is basically a graduate student dorm with an emphasis on international students, but they take short-term guests if space is available, which it usually is. The I-House is about a 15 minute walk from the University of Chicago (which runs it) and is right by (<1 block) the Metra electic rail system, which has a stop (Roosevelt Road) that is very close to the Field Museum. It's also easy to take the bus to the museum. Finally, there's a bike path along the lake that goes right by the museum and which is pretty easy to get to from the I-House. The museum is about 4 miles away, which translates to a 10 to 15 minute train ride, depending on whether you take the local or express. The rooms are not fancy - they are very small with no air conditioning, and most don't have private bathrooms - there's a couple community baths on every floor like in a dorm. Rates are $50 per night, they say, although I remember paying less when I stayed here - this rate is for a room with a bath so presumably they have cheaper ones. The staff were very polite and friendly, even when I had to check in at like 3 in the morning. There's a row of restaurants and a small grocery store two blocks north of the I-House - all are quite affordable. It's in Hyde Park, which is a nice area of south Chicago, but it's still important to be cautious is you're out late alone. The I-House has a proud history of hosting visiting scholars, and is very cheap relative to other hotels you'll find as close or closer to the museum.--Reviewed by Tristan Stayton.

Institut für Geowissenschaften, Eberhard Karls Universsitat

Tuebingen, Germany

On-site accomodations available at museum.

Onsite accomodation is available, but book early or you'll be disappointed.--Reviewed by Ian Corfe.

Los Angeles County Museum

Los Angeles, California, USA

Hostelling International-Fullerton
1700 North Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92835
Phone: (714) 738-3721
Fax: (714) 738-0925

Costs approx. $17 per night, and the hostel is approximately a 30 minute drive from the LACM.--Reviewed by Emma Rainforth.

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Hostelling International-Boston
12 Hemenway Street,
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 536-9455
Fax: (617) 424-6558

Costs approximately $27 per night, with easy access to the subway system and from there the Museum of Comparative Zoology.-Reviewed by Emma Rainforth. Hostelling International-Friendly Crossways 247 Littleton County Rd, Harvard, MA 01451 Mail Address: P.O. Box 2266, Littleton, MA 01460-3266 Phone: (978) 456-9386 Fax: (978) 456-9386 Email: Web: Costs approximately $20 per night. It is a 30 minute drive to the end of Boston's subway system, and then a 15 minute ride to the MCZ (Awesome hostel!) .--Reviewed by Emma Rainforth.

Museum of Northern Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Accomodations: Converted chicken coops on the museum site in north Flagstaff. Far better than they sound, these are recently refurbished single and double rooms with desks, reading chairs, etc., decorated with Native American prints and photos of important sites and people from the MNA's past. There is a shared bathroom/laundry facility in one block and a kitchen/TV room in another. Fantastic views of the San Francisco peaks and at just $10 a night it is a great bargain! It may be busy with dig volunteers during the summer, so spring and autumn are probably the best times to go. Very friendly and extremely helpful museum staff/researchers too. Janet Gillette ( is the MNA geology collections contact.--Reviewed by Ian Corfe.

Museum of Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, California

UC Berkeley Summer Housing
Stern Hall
Berkeley, CA 94710 USA

During June, July, and early August, the campus provides relatively
inexpensive visitor housing in one of the dorms, Stern Hall. Stern Hall
is located on the northeastern corner of campus, about a 15 minute walk
from the museum and near a number of cafes and shops. A number of our
visitors stay here each summer, and it is one of the better values in
Berkeley. Private rooms (single or double) with shared bath, internet
access in their computer center, laundry center, and a TV/game room
commons are provided. Rates vary each year (in 2007, $57/night,
$342/week). Reservations are handled through their website, listed
above. --Reviewed by Pat Holroyd.

Information on other housing near campus is maintained by the Cal
Rentals office at
Select the link for "Short-Term Academic Visitor (non-summer)" to access
current information on hotels/motels and commuting to campus.

Berkeley Travelodge
1820 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
Phone: (510) 843-4262
Fax: (510) 848-1480
Reservations: (800) 578-7878

When I visited the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley I found (via word of mouth) a reasonable hotel not too far away (about a 15-20 minute walk).--Reviewed by Jason Anderson (9 Aug 2004).

Museum of the Rockies

Bozeman, Montana, USA

Bozeman Backpackers Hostel
405 West Olive Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4659

Costs approximately $15 per night, and it is approximately a 20 minute walk from MOR. Not a Hostelling-International hostel.--Reviewed by Emma Rainforth.

On-Campus Housing
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
Contact Linda Wilmeth in Residence Life
Phone: 406-994-6583 or 406-994-3333

In 2004, on-campus, dorm housing is available from May 8th-August 14th. It costs $22/night for a single room, up to 14 days, and $11.50/night for 15 days on. Double rooms cost $18/night/person for up to 14 days, and $9/night for 15 days on. Food services are available during the week, but fewer campus meal options exist on the weekends.--Information submitted by Ellen Lamm.

Family & Graduate Housing Guest Suites (University-Provided)
1502 W. Garfield St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 994-3730
Fax: (406) 994-3920

Available year-round for researchers "engaged in an official relationship with the university." Fully furnished guest suites are available. A two-bedroom apartment with linens, towels, furniture, kitchen, etc. costs $175/week or $500/month.--Information submitted by Ellen Lamm.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Route 66 Hostel
1012 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 247-1813

Shared lodging (dorm/barracks style) costs $15/night. Private rooms range from $20-$30. Kitchen facilities are there, and you can (usually) get a free dinner nightly in exchange for a chore. The hostel is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from NMMNH, and within "walking distance" from bus and train (Amtrak) terminals in downtown Albuquerque (~0.5-1 mi/0.8-1.6 km). The hostel is at Central and 10th Avenue, approximately a one-mile walk to the NMMNH (10th or 12th north to Mountain Road, west on Mountain Road). Downtown Inn 1213 Central Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: (505) 247-1061 This hotel is at Central and 12th Avenue, approximately a one-mile walk to the NMMNH (12th north to Mountain Road, west on Mountain Road). Rooms are generally $23-30/night, and non-smoking rooms available. The Inn is two blocks west of the hostel, still reasonably close to bus and train facilities. There are several other Central Avenue hotels within walking distance of the NMMNH, but most of these are either more expensive and/or farther from public transportation facilities. If money is no object, the Sheraton Old Town is within walking distance of the NMMNH (~0.5 mi/0.8 km), with rooms $100 and up, and it has a free airport shuttle. Generally, museum guests have had not had a problem with either the hostel or the Downtown Inn. The walk is reasonably pleasant, and once off of Central Avenue, through largely safe neighborhoods. Central Avenue, however, can have some despicable characters, so caution is advised if planning to work late. Both the hostel and the hotel have the advantage of being reasonably close to the NMMNH (and therefore Albuquerque's historic old town as well) as well as being fairly close to downtown (in the opposite direction), where there are restaurants, a movie theater, and other distractions. So far one set of visitors encountered a flea/bedbug problem at the hostel, but we have had interns stay at the hostel extensively without problems.--Reviewed by Andy Heckert.

Peabody Museum of Natural History

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Days Inn
375 East Main Street
Branford, CT, 06405 USA
Phone: (203) 488-8314

I stayed at a Days Inn in Branford, CT while visiting the Yale-Peabody Museum last December (2002), and it only cost me $39 per night. The rooms are huge, and you can get one with a refrigerator and microwave oven if you request it, for the same price. It is part of a "Daylight Savings" special they have been offering for a while, so I am not sure how much the rates will increase when they stop offering it. I made reservations at the same price again for May, so it may be an ongoing deal. The catch is that Branford is about 8 miles from Yale and one needs to have a car or find out about public transportation. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to get to the museum, depending on traffic.--Reviewed by Ross Secord. 

Hotel Duncan
1151 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT  06511
Phone: (203) 787-1273

When visiting the Peabody Museum at Yale, New Haven, in October 2006, I stayed at the Hotel Duncan. It's very centrally located in New Haven and about a 10-15 minute walk away from the Peabody Museum. It's very old (build in the 19th century) and has an old fashioned elevator but my room was newly furnished and big. It also had a bathroom with a bathtub. The rate per night was $49 for a single room (but it had a double bed), so it is very affordable.--Reviewed by Laura Saila.

Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Victoria University
Web page: 

If you are willing to live in a dormitory situation, rooms are available at Victoria University. As a poor student, I was quite happy to "put up" with this during my stay in August 2002. The rooms aren't fancy-no air conditioning, no television, and shared bathrooms. But, the facilities are clean and safe, with a dining hall easily accessible. Rooms come with a breakfast ticket, and the breakfast there is pretty decent (standard college food, but not awful). The big plus is that you only have to cross the street to get to the ROM! Also, the university is right in downtown Toronto, with all of the varied dining and entertainment options. The subway station is just next door too, so it's easy to get to and from the airport. Rates start at $47 Canadian per night, with student rates of $40 per night. I had a little trouble getting the student rate, as they insisted that I needed to show an "international student ID" instead of my own school's ID card.--Reviewed by Andrew Farke.

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Washington, D.C.

International Guest House
1441 Kennedy St., NW
Washington, DC 20011
Phone: 202-726-5808
FAX: 202-882-2228

This bed and breakfast is located a 30-40 minute bus ride from the Smithsonian (depending on the traffic). You only have to take one bus to get to the Mall. It runs quite often and it drops you off right in front of the Natural History museum at 10th and Constitution. The cost is $30/night or $190/week per person, including all taxes, breakfast served "family style" each morning at 8am and evening tea and cookies every night at 9pm. This is a great deal for DC! International guests can stay up to 2 weeks at a time, and visitors from the USA and Canada can stay up to 1 week at a time. They sell small dinner and snack items, but also provide a fridge and microwave in a common area if you'd like to save money on food. The 3-story house is in a safe area and the Mennonite volunteers who run it are very friendly. The rooms are shared (2 or 3 beds per room), and so are the restrooms. It feels like a "home" on the road, and the evening teas are usually pretty interesting, with people from around the globe sharing all kinds of stories. But, be prepared to live "family style". This means that there is a curfew (11:00 pm each night) and no alcohol or smoking allowed inside the house, and not a lot of privacy.--Reviewed by Kathleen M. Muldoon, 2005.

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany 

On-site accomodations
Museum paleontology web page: 

Limited accomodation is available on-site at the museum through contact with the Department of Paleontology; book in advance! The facilities are decent; I'm not certain of the prices, but they are cheap-ish.--Reviewed by Ian Corfe.

City Youth Hostel Stuttgart
Web page:
This place has standard, clean, hostel facilities, with cheap meals. However, it can be noisy during school holidays! The cost for the first night's stay is €17.40, and subsequent nights cost €14.30. If you are not a member of Hostelling International, an additional €3 is charged per night. The hostel is about 15 minutes from the museum by U-Bahn (underground/metro), with a five minute walk at either end.--Reviewed by Ian Corfe.

T. rex Discovery Center/Eastend Museum

Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada

Cypress Hotel
P.O. Box 487,
Eastend, SK S0N 0T0
Phone: (306) 295-3505

I stayed here during the summer of 2001, on a brief visit to this small-town museum. Rooms are quite reasonable, around $30 Canadian(!), and I felt like I got quite a bit for my money. My room was small, but it had a private bathroom and television. The rooms do not have phones, but pay phones (with one of those credit card readers) are available downstairs in the lobby. A restaurant and bar downstairs serves all sorts of "western" food items, such as burgers and steak. It is a short (five minute) drive from the Discovery Center and just down the street from the museum.--Reviewed by Andrew Farke.

General Hostel Information

Many people recommend staying at hostels. Every hostel is different, but a stay at a hostel usually involves a shared, dorm-style room, usually with access to lockers, a kitchen, and other facilities. Prices vary depending upon location, ranging anywhere from $15 to $30 per night. Several organizations coordinate hostel services worldwide. American Youth Hostels 

Tips for finding inexpensive lodging

Check out online travel websites. These often have deals on some of the big-name hotel chains, and the websites are a good place to start if you can't find anything else. " Tourism bureaus or chambers of commerce often have links or listings of lodging. These may list options that you can't find listed elsewhere. " If the museum is associated with or near a university, check with university housing. Many universities open up their dorms to budget-minded travelers, especially during the summer months. " Sometimes museum staff can recommend lodging. " Sometimes it's worthwhile to spend a little more money on a place that is closer to the museum, particularly if it means you won't have to pay taxi fares or parking fees. " Consider campgrounds, particularly if you are in the western United States or Canada.

Disclaimer: The lodging reviews on this page are the sole product of the noted authors and compilers, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is not responsible for their accuracy. The views presented on this page are not necessarily the views of the society, and listing in this directory does not imply society endorsement. Please be aware that information is subject to change, and double-check all information before planning your own trip.