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This Weekend at the Museum: Mead Festival, Natural Histories, and More

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The Museum promises to be hopping this weekend, with the Mead Film Festival and three brand-new exhibitions.

A Once-a-Year Opportunity: The Margaret Mead Film Festival on through Sunday, October 20

"...An Impressive Slate of Artfully Made, Provocative Documentaries from Across the Globe" —twitchfilm.com

Tickets are still available for some of the astonishing documentaries featured in this year's Margaret Mead Film Festival. Watch the trailer.


Buy tickets and learn more here.

On Exhibit:

Tasmanian Tiger Natural Histories

English ornithologist and taxidermist John Gould’s images and descriptions for the three-volume work The mammals of Australia (1863) remain an invaluable record of Australian animals that became increasingly rare with European settlement. The “Tasmanian tigers” pictured here were actually thylacines (Thylacinus cynocephalus), the world’s largest meat-eating marsupials until going extinct in 1936. 

© AMNH/D. Finnin


Featuring wonderful scientific illustrations spanning five centuries, Natural Histories explores the integral role illustration has played in scientific discovery through 50 striking, large-format reproductions from books and folios in the Museum Library’s Rare Book collection. For book-lovers, artists, scientists, designers—anyone with an eye for the aesthetic will be pleased by the array of painstaking, evocative, ebullient works of art displayed here.

Learn more in a video.


Free with Museum admission. IMAX Corridor, First Floor. 

Also on exhibit: The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter is aflutter with tropical butterflies, having just opened last weekend; A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne−The Zuni World is now open for a limited time, featuring 31 modern Zuni paintings depicting ancestral sites throughout the Colorado Plateau, which are part of an “indigenous mapping” movement that has become increasingly important over the last 20 years. 

Ronnie Cachini Zuni painting Our Land

This richly colored painting of the Zuni reservation’s well-known landmarks exemplifies the partitioning style of Zuni map art. This is also the only piece in the collection with representations of modern roads. Even though the roads are unmarked practically any Zuni can identify them. 

Ronnie Cachini/ Ho’n A:wan Dehwa:we/(Our Land)/ Acrylic on Canvas, 2006


Coming Soon:

CraigVenter Program

On Monday evening, October 21, at 7 pm, pioneering geneticist J. Craig Venter gives a lecture and introduces his brand-new memoir Life at the Speed of Light, with a spotlight on the emerging field of synthetic genomics. A book signing follows.

Learn more.

Tags: Weekends

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