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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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Countdown to Zero

The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic benefits. Countdown to Zero, a new exhibition about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions, will focus on several global efforts that have been able to contain, or eradicate disease.

January 13, 2015 - January 2, 2017

Tardigrade

Life at the Limits

Discover incredible adaptations that allow life to thrive even in the most unlikely places on Earth.

April 4, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Secret Ocean - Squid

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean introduces audiences to more than 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time on film. 

July 6, 2015

Dark Universe Red Shift Interior

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

Field Trip to the Moon Program Image

Camp, Student Programs

Field Trip to the Moon

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

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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?

September 5, 2015 - May 29, 2016

Wolf Spider

Spiders Alive!

Discover some of the planet's most versatile animals in an exhibit that features live spiders, larger-than-life models, fossils, and more.

July 4, 2015 - November 29, 2015

Rhino by Durer Full Size

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 - September 13, 2015

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