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Events in the next 7 days

June 25, 2011 - December 7, 2014

Special Exhibit

This exhibition features more than 20 sets of large-format images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies.

Wednesdays (except during school holidays)

Special Exhibit

Take a virtual trip to the Moon in the immersive Hayden Planetarium!

Through September 13, 2015

Special Exhibit

Inspired by the 2012 book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition will include reproductions from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century. 

Free With Museum Admission

Reopens November 24, 2015

Space Show

The Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe is currently closed and will reopen November 24 with an improved theater experience. 

Through Sunday, August 10, 2014

Special Exhibit

This striking new special exhibition explores both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its paradoxical perils and potential.

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MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. Showtimes daily in 3D digital and 2D film.

Four Thursdays February 4–February 25

Walks and Tours

Catch a glimpse of owls, songbirds, and woodpeckers in the woods, seed-eating birds in the fields, and multiple species of ducks and gulls in the lakes as ornithologist Paul Sweet guides you through Central Park to observe the varied bird species of New York City.

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Monday- Friday, February 17-21, 2014

Student Programs

In this weeklong camp, scientists-in-training will study metamorphosis, analyze adaptations like bright colors and camouflage, and through interactive, hands-on activities discover why butterflies are important to cultures around the world.

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Monday–Friday, February 17–21, 2014

Student Programs

In this weeklong camp, students will visit the Museum’s new temporary exhibition, The Power of Poison, and go behind the scenes to learn all about poisons. 

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Monday–Friday, February 17–21, 2014

Student Programs

In this unique program, you will learn to navigate our solar system, galaxy, and beyond, using the Museum’s cutting-edge planetarium software, Digital Universe, which combines three-dimensional celestial maps with breathtaking data visualization.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Members Only Programs

Take a rare tour of this state-of-the-art facility devoted to genomic research with its director, George Amato. Explore the Museum’s frozen tissue collections, view equipment used in labs, and learn about current research being conducted by Museum scientists.

Members Only

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Courses and Workshops

This one-day course will provide an in-depth overview of current research into the impact of external stimuli and daily behavior on the brain’s capacities.

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Five Tuesdays: February 25, 2014 - March 25, 2014

Courses and Workshops

This five-session creative writing class at the Museum, taught by noted author Hannah Tinti, will focus on the natural world, with each session held in a different gallery. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lectures and Talks

Join astrophysicist Jackie Faherty for an exploration of things that go bang in the universe.