The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science. Every major field of Museum science and research, from anthropology to zoology, is represented. Children, accompanied by adults, can explore an array of artifacts and specimens, puzzles, and scientific challenges. Activities for older visitors are located on the upper level.
Discovery Room Highlights:
The Discovery Room is looking for volunteers who are outgoing, scientifically-minded, and kid-friendly. The position involves facilitating the use of the room for visitors of all ages, basic exhibit maintenance tasks, greeting visitors, and controlling the flow of traffic in and out of the space.
Currently, we are in need of volunteers for the following shifts, with a special focus on August availability and beyond:
Our weekend volunteers work one shift every other week. A one-year commitment is required.
Please indicate on the online application that you are interested in becoming a Discovery Room Volunteer.
The Discovery Room was made possible by a grant from the Edward John Noble Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by Capital One Bank, the Ralph M. Cestone Foundation, Nora and Ted Weinreich, the V. and L. Marx Foundation, the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation, the Daneker Family, the Larkin Family, and the Alice Lawrence Foundation, Inc.
The Family Science Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New York City Council.
Early Childhood and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, the Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.
Support for Early Childhood and Family Learning has been provided by the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, John and Amy Griffin, Allison and Roberto Mignone, Sylvain Mirochnikoff and Rebekah Mercer, Sharmila and Ravi Sinha, and Beth Kobliner Shaw and David E. Shaw.
Additional funding has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer D. A. Sackler, Amy and John Jacobsson, Jonathan and Kristy Korngold, and Kimberly and Greg Lippmann, Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, and Joella and John Lykouretzos.
September 19, 2016 - June 19, 2017
Science and culture for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers - each week highlights a topic in natural science or a cultural theme.
October 1, 2016 - June 3, 2017
Events where kids can visit with an AMNH scientist in the Discovery Room.