This Weekend at the Museum: Butterflies, Crocodiles, and More

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Staying in the city for the holiday weekend? Us too! The Museum is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, as usual, and we hope to see you here!

Exterior of he Museum seen from Central Park West.

The Museum viewed from Central Park West.

© AMNH/D. Finnin


The long weekend is your last chance to experience the fluttering phenomenon that is The Butterfly Conservatory. See as many as 500 butterflies from around the world in a plant-filled vivarium that closes on May 29.


As one live-animal exhibition departs, another arrives! This Saturday, May 28, marks the opening of Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World in Gallery 77. Visitors will see models of crocs from around the world, learn about the places these prehistoric predators occupy in human cultures, and even meet live species like slender-snouted crocodiles, dwarf crocodiles, Siamese crocodiles, and a tank full of baby American alligators. 


For a road trip experience without the traffic, come see National Parks Adventure, a cinematic trip through America’s most wondrous wild places, now playing on the giant-screen in the LeFrak Theater in 2D and 3D.


And finally, don't forget that this Sunday, May 29, is the first occurrence in 2016 of Manhattanhenge, one of the city's most fascinating interactions with the rest of the cosmos. Want to learn more about this stellar spectacle? Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson is here to fill you in.