All Upcoming Events

Eight Tuesdays, December 6, 2016–January 24

Courses and Workshops

In an after-hours painting workshop, artists Greg Follender, and Eric Hamilton provide hands-on instruction in acrylic paint. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

After Hours Programs

Barnard College professor and astronomer Janna Levin shares her scientific research on the first recordings of a gravitational wave from the collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Members Only Programs

Members Only

Fold, crease, and create an assortment of origami models with a team of volunteers from OrigamiUSA. Enjoy a display of some of OrigamiUSA’s most complex creations, snack on milk and cookies as you fold, and take home a collection of your own for the holidays. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Monday, December 12

After Hours Programs

Join University of California, San Diego, Professor Brian Keating on a trip from the frigid depths of Antarctica to the distant reaches of outer space. Along the way, we will encounter new tools to examine the universe and our place within it, exploring  mysteries in cosmology from the nature of space to concepts such as the "Arrow of Time."

Friday, December 16

After Hours Programs

Go back in time for a prehistoric party amongst the Museum’s celebrated dinosaur halls.

Tuesday, December 27

After Hours Programs

Join Brian Abbott and Ted Williams to experience the entire observable universe and come to a cosmic understanding of where we are and how we came to be.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Special Events

Free With Museum Admission

Join us for the Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration. Ruben Studdard sings all the right notes to usher in a year of renewed faith, love, and unity.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

After Hours Programs

CRISPR gene editing is widely used by biologists as the DNA programming tool of choice to alter the genome of organisms and even populations. Join Rockefeller University professor Leslie Vosshall as she demonstrates what is—and what will be—possible.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Members Only Programs

Members Only

Join a Museum tour guide and explore the Cullman Hall of Universe. Walk the Scales of Universe and the Cosmic Pathway to understand the vast spans of time and great distances involved in studying the cosmos. Find out how astronomers identify and observe objects in the solar system like the M27, also known as the Dumbbell Nebula, first discovered in 1764.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

After Hours Programs

Bestselling author Douglas Preston discusses his ventures deep into the Honduran jungle in a riveting, non-fiction narrative about the unearthing of an ancient lost civilization, while he provides a rich tapestry of historical, economic, social, political, and environmental context for the discovery. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

After Hours Programs

Professor of physics Greg Matloff discusses recent developments that have advanced the possibility of interstellar travel for robots and humans, from the discovery of a potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun, to the announcement of an interstellar-probe called Project Starshot. 

Six Wednesdays; January 25-March 1

Courses and Workshops

Join Museum exhibition specialist Tom Doncourt for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes look at our legendary dioramas. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2016

After Hours Programs

Join guides Denton Ebel and Carter Emmart for an up-close examination of our solar system’s smallest planet.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

After Hours Programs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, behavioral ecologist Marlene Zuk examines the bedroom lives of bugs, showing how  six-legged sex lives can be just as interesting as our own.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cultural Programs

Free With Museum Admission

Celebrate Asian art and culture through calligraphy, traditional storytelling, and hands-on activities led by local artisans and Museum scientists.

Four Tuesdays, February 7 - 28, 2017

Walks and Tours

Ornithologist Paul Sweet guides you through three Central Park habitats to observe the varied bird species that make New York City their home.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

After Hours Programs

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a unique NYC experience only at the Hayden Planetarium!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

After Hours Programs

Museum Research Associate Bill Schutt explains new research about this widespread behavior, such as how the practice might be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals, why so many fish eat their young, and even when sexual cannibalism can be an evolutionary advantage.

Saturday, February 25

After Hours Programs

In this one-day course, we will explore the basic biology of stem cells, understand new research techniques, and address the ethical concerns that surround them. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

After Hours Programs

Are we alone in the universe? Jackie Faherty and Emily Rice will investigate this question by touring a nearby solar system and exploring the potential diversity of living conditions on newly discovered extrasolar planets.

Saturday, March 4

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.

Six Wednesdays; March 8-April 12

After Hours Programs

For those who have never taken the Museum’s popular Animal Drawing class, this new course begins with basics and offers one-on-one guidance from master illustrator and naturalist Patricia Wynne. 

Seven Wednesdays; March 22-May 3, 2017

Walks and Tours

Amaze your friends and family as you take control of the Hayden Planetarium, and lead your own tour through the cosmos, using the Museum’s cutting-edge 3D map of universe.