2017 Holiday Hours and Programs at the Museum

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The holidays are here! While the Museum will be closed on Monday, December 25, we’ll reopen bright and early again on Tuesday, December 26, at 10 am.

The Museum will be open from 10 am–5:45 pm every day next week, including Sunday, December 31, and Monday, January 1, 2018.

So, if you’re in town, don’t miss the chance to see special exhibitions like Mummies, Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, and The Butterfly Conservatory, and check out our upcoming events!


Astronomy Live: Astronomical Calendar

View from space of the edge of the earth visible in the foreground, with the sun visible in the distance.

Get a first glimpse of what the skies will look like in 2018 during our Astronomy Live program.


Explore highlights of the 2018 astronomical calendar at our Astronomy Live program in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater on Tuesday, December 26, at 7 pm. Ted Williams and Irene Pease will explore the celestial events and constellations they’re looking forward to in the new year. And, if the weather is nice, join us outside to stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Association.


Discovery Room Holiday Hours

Three children dig in an indoor sand pit in the Museum's Discovery Room.

Children can dig for fossils and learn about dinosaurs during a visit to the Discovery Room. 


Bring children ages 5–12 to the Discovery Room on the first floor for a hands-on experience with science during regular hours every day next week. Examine specimens under a microscope, assemble a life-sized dinosaur skeleton, and track earthquakes in real time. Passes are available for 40-minute timed sessions at the Discovery Room entrance. 


Kwanzaa 2017

Six members of the Persuasions stand side-by-side in a smiling group portrait.

The Persuasions

David Backer

The Museum has hosted Kwanzaa celebrations for more than 35 years—and this year is no exception. On Saturday, December 30, from noon–5 pm, enjoy musical performances from Brooklyn United Marching Band, followed by a gospel tribute from Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir, and a cappella headliners The Persuasions.