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Eight Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, September 6 - October 28, 2016

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Observe the exciting fall migration of birds in Central Park with ornithologists Paul Sweet and Joseph DiCostanzo.

Monday, September 12, 2016

After Hours Programs

Registration Opens September 12, 2016

Join Carter Emmart for an new immersive visualization that highlights how OSIRIS-Rex's of asteroid Bennu will inform scientists who are choosing a location for sampling surface material off the asteroid in late 2019.

Monday, September 19, 2016

After Hours Programs

In this provocative book, Roger Penrose argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.

Saturday, September 24

Members Only Programs

Members Only

Join us to learn more about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of the diverse and vibrant bird life found in our own back yard. Museum Naturalist Noah Burg will teach young explorers new observational skills such as, how to set up and use binoculars, as well as how to identify bird calls. We will then head out to Central Park and put these skills to the test as we observe the wondrous sounds and colors of the fall migration. Binoculars and bird guides are included.

This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

These programs include about 45 minutes of walking.


Saturday, September 24

Members Only Programs

Members Only

The Museum is widely regarded as having the finest, most accurate wildlife dioramas in the world. Join us for a look through these “Windows on Nature” as we discover science as art and art as science. Learn about the role that these dioramas play in conservation, the big personalities behind their creation, and why they are as important today as they were fifty or more years ago.


Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, September 27

Members Only Programs

Members Only

Join us for an exciting Members-only evening as we explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Mammalogy Department! Collections Manager Neil Duncan will examine the complex relationships between Canids and their prey.  The tour will include several rare specimens, including one of the few remaining examples of the likely-extinct Thylacine.  Senior Scientific Assistant Eileen Westwig will focus on species of Xenarthrans, a fascinating group that includes armadillos, anteaters, sloths and tamanduas.


Tour is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Eight Wednesdays, September 28 - November 16, 2016

Courses and Workshops

The celebrated dioramas, dinosaur skeletons, and other distinctive features of the Museum serve as backdrop for an intensive after-hours drawing course with illustrator and naturalist Patricia Wynne

Thursday, September 29, 2016

After Hours Programs

The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles describe their new book The Madhouse Effect.

First Saturdays, October 2016 - May 2017

After Hours Programs

Free With Museum Admission

We invite visitors to experience the cultures represented in the iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians through a series of live activities guided by Museum volunteers.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Join astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, as she explains the science behind dark matter and energy and provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Frank Burbrink and Evon Hekkala discuss their research on the evolutionary history, biogeography, and ecology of some of the most feared animals on Earth: snakes and crocodiles.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Family and Childrens Programs

Join us in the Hayden Planetarium as we teach our youngest astronomers about the methods and tools used to observe the night sky.

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

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.