Cephalopods Take Center Stage This Weekend

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a mimic octopus swimming in open sea

From the 12-foot amethyst geode in the Grand Gallery to the decked-out Origami Holiday Tree on the fourth floor, big things are happening in the Museum this month. Come in to enjoy special exhibitions, including Mummies, Our Senses, or The Butterfly Conservatory. And whether you like hanging out in your PJs or hanging with striped pyjama squid, there’s a program for you this weekend at the Museum.


Milstein Science Series: Celebrating Cephalopods

Cephalopods are the stars of Sunday’s family-friendly Milstein Science Series, which takes place from 11 am to 4 pm in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. See a two-spot octopus, striped pyjama squid, and dwarf cuttlefish up close, or swim with ocean-floor dwellers in an immersive virtual reality experience. And don’t miss the rare chance to see a tentacle belonging to the Museum’s giant squid specimen.

Find out more about how the giant squid came to the Museum in this episode of Shelf Life.



A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups

Sleepovers aren’t just for kids anymore! Pack your overnight bag and join an adults-only version of the popular A Night at the Museum sleepover this Saturday. Drink champagne, listen to live music by the 12th Night Jazz Trio, and roam the halls after hours before tucking yourself in under the blue whale. 


Group of adults sit and sleep on cots arranged underneath the Museum's blue whale model, which is suspended from the ceiling.

© AMNH/R. Mickens



Flying in an airplane will take you above the clouds, but it doesn’t come close to soaring through the skies next to a flock of birds. Earthflight, a giant-screen film showing in 2D and 3D in the LeFrak Theater, lets you see the world from a bird’s-eye view.