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
This extraordinary 5.05-carat red gem is on temporary display in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems.
September 22, 2010 - January 25, 2015
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
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
More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies.
June 25, 2011 - December 7, 2014
Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition includes 50 stunning images reproduced from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century.
October 19, 2013 - September 13, 2014
Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or as a lethal weapon used as lifesaving treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. The Power of Poison, a special exhibition that opens November 16, 2013, explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth.
November 16, 2013 - August 10, 2014
The Exosuit is a next-generation atmospheric diving system capable of taking a diver down 1,000 feet at surface pressure. Set to be tested as a scientific tool in July 2014, it may soon allow researchers unprecedented access to study marine biodiversity.
February 27, 2014 - March 5, 2014