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The Origami Holiday Tree

November 25, 2019 — January 12, 2020


Grand Gallery, first floor.

Visitors view the Origami Holiday Tree on display in the Museum's Grand Gallery.
The 2019 Origami Holiday tree features models of tyrannosaurs as well as familiar Museum icons like the blue whale. 
R. Mickens/© 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 T. rex and Friends: History in the Making, with models inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, which celebrates the world's most famous dinosaur species, which was first discovered, named, and exhibited to the public by the Museum.

Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. 

Origami (folded paper) ornaments in the shape of a lion and a star are displayed on the Origami Holiday Tree. R. Mickens/© AMNH
Origami (folded paper) ornaments in the shape of a tyrannosaurs skull and other dinosaurs are displayed near the Origami Holiday Tree.

Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.

Learn more about the making of the Origami Holiday Tree.