Be Our Valentine this Weekend
by AMNH on
Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, and your standard dinner date isn't going to cut it. You need to plan a day of romance to make your sweetie swoon, and fast! The answer to your dilemma is a date at the American Museum of Natural History, where all kinds of couples will find something to bond over.
The New Couple
Is your relationship so new that you get butterflies in your stomach at the thought of your beloved? Then head to the Museum's Butterfly Conservatory where you'll feel right at home! Turn up the heat on your romance in the vivarium's tropical climate and surround yourself with more than 500 live butterflies of all shapes and sizes. While you learn about these insects, you'll bond over their beauty—or over the shared trauma of having one perch on your head.
The Joined-At-The-Hip Couple
This couple may share an apartment, a fitness routine, and most meals, but they also share something else—microbes! Scientists have found that people living under the same roof had more bacteria in common than average, and that a 10-second kiss can transfer around 80 million bacteria! Canoodling couples should make their way to the exhibition, The Secret World Inside You, to meet this multitude of microbes.
The Couple Who Met Online
For the Tinder-savvy, selfie-loving, 'pics-or-it-didn't-happen' couple, the Museum's Fossil Halls are a perfect place to celebrate your love, then share it with your legions of Instagram followers. The Museum's newest photo-op is directly under the head of the 122-foot-long Titanosaur, a sauropod dinosaur so new to science it hasn't been formally named yet. Other classic photo-ops include arm-in-Allosaurus jaws, ducking under the wings of a pterosaur, and the classic pretending-to-run-from-the-ferocious-Tyrannosaurus rex. You'll make your online followers green with envy.
The Nerdy Couple
Do you and your honey bond over Reddit forums critiquing the portrayal of space travel in the latest Star Wars movie? Does it make your heart flutter when your significant other reblogs theoretical physics jokes on Tumblr? Amorous nerds need look no further than the Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe. After a brief renovation, the Planetarium has reopened with a new screen that makes the experience more immersive than ever before! Sit back and relax as the dulcet tones of narrator and science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson guide you through exquisite visualizations, from a breathtaking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere to a rendering of unobservable dark matter.
The Fit Couple
Lace your sneakers and charge up that Fitbit, because you're about to cover a lot of ground. At the Museum, general admission gives you access to 45 permanent halls, and its quite a hike to see them all. Encounter magnificent mammals, experience cultures from across the globe, explore the beginnings of the universe, and waltz beneath the iconic blue whale. You'll impress your honey and burn enough calories to justify ordering everything on the dessert menu.
The Outdoorsy Couple
Do you and your partner prefer the great outdoors? If you've got your hiking boots and tent packed in preparation for the spring thaw, you'll be licking your lips when you see the Museum's new movie, National Parks Adventure, opening this weekend! Playing in 2D and 3D, the film takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the untamed wilderness of America’s national parks. Watch the film, and add a couple more destinations to your bucket list.