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Special Exhibitions and Shows

New and special exhibitions, which are on display at the Museum for limited periods of time, offer unique teaching opportunities in natural science and global studies.

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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

The fossils of ancient winged reptiles known as pterosaurs have puzzled paleontologists for hundreds of years. Find out what incredible new discoveries are revealing about this extraordinary group of animals. 

April 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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The Power of Poison

Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or as a lethal weapon used as lifesaving treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. The Power of Poison, a special exhibition that opens November 16, 2013, explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth.

November 16, 2013 - August 10, 2014

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New Space Show: Dark Universe

Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration.

November 2, 2013

Aphid (Mysteries of the Unseen World)

Mysteries of the Unseen World

See It in 3D! Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes.

January 10, 2014 - June 29, 2014

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The Butterfly Conservatory

Dense humidity, lush green plants, and tropical butterflies of every color filling the room—who'd guess this is New York City in the middle of winter?

October 12, 2013 - June 22, 2014

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School and Camp Groups

Field Trip to the Moon

Grades 5-8: Simulated voyage to the Moon in the Hayden Planetarium.

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Natural Histories

Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition includes 50 stunning images reproduced from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century. 

October 19, 2013 - October 12, 2014

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