Origami Tree Lighting Kicks Off Museum’s Holiday Season

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One of the Museum’s most beloved seasonal exhibits made its annual debut this morning, as Museum President Ellen V. Futter was joined by youngsters from the Goddard Riverside Head Start Program to throw the switch and illuminate the Origami Holiday Tree in the Museum’s Grand Gallery. 

Origami Tree Futter

Museum President Ellen V. Futter lights the Origami Holiday Tree with a little help.

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“The Origami Holiday Tree has been a Museum tradition for more than 40 years,” said Museum President Ellen V. Futter at the lighting ceremony. “It is one of the most extraordinary and beautiful holiday trees anywhere.”

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Mighty and Microscopic Life, with models inspired by the current exhibitions Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species and The Secret World Inside You, as well as the upcoming exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us.

Origami Titanosaur

An origami model of a Titanosaur, like the one coming to the Museum's fourth floor in 2016, adorns this year's tree.

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Volunteers, including local, national, and international origami artists, fold year-round to complete around 1,000 creations that will be displayed on the tree. This year’s tree also includes a model of the Titanosaur, a dinosaur cast coming to the Museum’s Wallach Orientation Center in January 2016.