The Origami Holiday Tree

November 21, 2022 — January 16, 2023


Free with admission. Grand Gallery, 1st Floor.

13-foot artificial tree covered with hand-folded paper origami ornaments is on display in the Museum's Grand Gallery.
M. Shanley/© AMNH
The Origami Holiday Tree returns to view.

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Beautiful Bugs, featuring specially created models inspired by the upcoming Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium opening in Winter 2023 as part of the Museum’s new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation.

Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be intricately designed models of long-legged grasshoppers, brilliantly colored butterflies, and iridescent beetles, as well as those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale and Tyrannosaurus rex

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

Closeup of origami folded paper models of insects displayed on the pedestal of the Origami Holiday Tree. M. Shanley/© AMNH
Closeup of origami folded paper ornaments hung on the Origami Holiday Tree. M. Shanley/© AMNH

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