Past Exhibitions

The Secret World Inside You

The Secret World Inside You

Explore the human microbiome and find out how rapidly evolving science is reshaping our ideas about human health. 

November 7, 2015 - August 14, 2016

The Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory

Dense humidity, lush green plants, and tropical butterflies of every color filling the room—who'd guess this is New York City in the middle of winter?

September 5, 2015 - May 30, 2016

Life at the Limits

Life at the Limits

Discover incredible adaptations that allow life to thrive even in the most unlikely places on Earth.

April 4, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Spiders Alive!

Spiders Alive!

Discover some of the planet's most versatile animals in an exhibit that features live spiders, larger-than-life models, fossils, and more.

July 4, 2015 - November 29, 2015

Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

Earthquakes. Volcanoes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Awesome in their destructive power, these natural events remind us that we are small and vulnerable—and that living on this dynamic planet will always entail risk.

November 14, 2014 - August 9, 2015

Kazanjian Red Diamond

Kazanjian Red Diamond

This extraordinary 5.05-carat red gem is on temporary display in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems.

September 22, 2010 - January 25, 2015

Lonesome George

Lonesome George

More than 20,000 species of plants and animals around the world are currently under threat of extinction and hundreds vanish each year. We don’t always know the exact time of extinction, but we do for the Pinta Island giant tortoise from the Galápagos Islands. On June 24, 2012, Lonesome George—the tortoise displayed at the Museum and the last known member of his species—died of natural causes. 

September 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

The fossils of ancient winged reptiles known as pterosaurs have puzzled paleontologists for hundreds of years. Find out what incredible new discoveries are revealing about this extraordinary group of animals. 

April 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015

SELECT PAGE