Today at the Museum

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lectures and Talks

Join Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, as he reviews speculations about imagined planetary atmospheres in science fiction as a hook to discuss what we know about actual planets and exoplanets—and how we know it.

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.

Through January 5, 2014

Special Exhibit

Whales: Giants of the Deep brings visitors closer than ever to some of the mightiest, most massive, and mysterious mammals on Earth.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013−Sunday, January 12, 2014

Special Exhibit

For a limited time, see modern Zuni paintings depicting ancestral sites throughout the Colorado Plateau.

Through September 13, 2015

Special Exhibit

Free With Museum Admission

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. 

October 28 through December 8, 2013

Educator Programs

Registration Closed

Registration is open for available online graduate courses for educators from Seminars on Science, fall 2013.

Mondays, November 4, 2013—December 9, 2013

Courses and Workshops

Registration Closed

Participants in this course will gain a better understanding of which chemicals, and at what dosages, influence brain function and when we are most vulnerable to “poisoning” ourselves; unpack current scientific research around the topic; and receive resources that can inform decisions about long-term health.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

After Hours Programs

Explore the universe through the lens of science fiction with Brian Levine and Irene Pease, visiting the real counterparts of fictional locationsto uncover how much has (and hasn't!) been explored.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

After Hours Programs

Sold Out

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse TysonMichael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all—from planets, stars, and galaxies, to black holes, wormholes, and time travel. SOLD OUT.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Members Only Programs

Members Only

Get an up-close and personal introduction to live bats from around the world! Conservation biologist and bat expert Rob Mies will host this unforgettable presentation with many species of live bats, including a Rodrigues fruit bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a big brown bat, and a Malayan flying fox. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Free With Museum Admission

Join primatologist Shahrina Chowdhury and learn about the complexity of social structures and behavior in wild baboons.

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