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The Origami Holiday Tree

November 25, 2020 — January 17, 2021

Grand Gallery, first floor. Free with admission.

The 2020 Origami Holiday Tree is displayed on a pedestal in the Museum's Grand Gallery.
D. Finnin/© AMNH
Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than 40 years.

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Cranes and Colors, featuring 1,000 brilliantly colored origami cranes, presented as symbols of peace and good wishes as New York continues to endure the many challenges posed by COVID-19, and drawing inspiration from The Nature of Color special exhibition, which explores the role and power of color in the natural world.

Download instructions for folding an origami crane.

The tree—which is the 49th Origami Tree, continuing a Museum tradition started in the 1970s—also features hundreds of other models relating to the Museum’s exhibitions, collections and icons.

Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. 

Origami (folded paper) lion and cranes are displayed on the Origami Holiday Tree.
Hundreds of origami (folded paper) cranes circle the base of the Origami Holiday Tree.
Origami (folded paper) stars and cranes are displayed on the Origami Holiday Tree. D. Finnin/© AMNH
Origami (folded paper) dinosaur is displayed on the Origami Holiday Tree.

Learn more about the making of the Origami Holiday Tree and find out how to make your own origami models!

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