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December 2018 Programs at the American Museum of Natural History

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It’s that wonderful time of the year—at the Museum!  

Kick off the holiday season by traveling back in time with Museum Curator Ross MacPhee at Scicafe on Wednesday, December 5, to find out why Earth’s most massive animals disappeared.

You don’t have to be an origami expert to fold your own origami model. On Sunday, December 16, the patient practitioners of the art of paper-folding from OrigamiUSA are offering special lessons for all levels. Volunteers will also be on hand throughout the month in the Grand Gallery, next to this year’s dazzling Unseen Oceans-inspired Origami Holiday Tree, for on-the-spot folding tutorials.

As 2018 comes to a close, join us on Saturday, December 29, to celebrate African-American heritage at the Museum’s annual Kwanzaa festival, featuring music and dance by the Afro-Cuban ensemble Oyu Oro, live drawing by Black Comics Collective, an artisan marketplace, and more.

And don’t forget to join us in the New Year for a last chance to visit Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, a family-friendly exploration of how humans—as well as bees and butterflies—perceive the world, which closes January 2. 



Member Double Discount Days

Sunday, December 1–Saturday, December 8

*For Members 

Get ahead on your holiday shopping by saving 20 percent on purchases in Museum stores and the online shop. Learn more >



Gift Memberships

Now through December 11

Indulge your loved one's curiosity all year long by purchasing a gift membership. Learn more>

Probing asteroid in space.

Frontiers Lecture: Probing Asteroids in Space

Tuesday, December 4

*Discounted for Members

Harold C. Connolly Jr. provides an in-depth dispatch on the progress of the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 spacecraft missions. Learn more>

Artist's rendering of megafauna.

SciCafe: End of the Megafauna

Wednesday, December 5

Gorilla-sized lemurs and 500-pound birds once roamed Earth. Mammalogist Ross MacPhee explores their disappearance in his new book. Learn more>


Two children converse as one lies on a cot and another sits on the floor in the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

A Night at the Museum Sleepover

Saturday, December 15–Sunday, December 16

As the doors close and the lights dim, you and your young campers will head out with flashlights in search of adventures. Learn more>


Origami (folder paper) figures in holiday shapes.

Origami Fun Folding Sessions: December 2018

Sunday, December 16

*Discounted for Members

Come to the Museum to learn the art of paper folding with members of OrigamiUSA! Learn more>

Artist's rendering of space.

Astronomy Live: Winter Solstice and the Year Ahead

Thursday, December 20

*Discounted for Members

Celebrate the Solstice and get ready for the cosmic year ahead. Learn more>

Two children play in an indoor sandbox using digging tools.

Discovery Room 

Through December 31

*Free for Members

The Discovery Room will be open extra morning hours for the winter holiday break from December 26 through December 31. Learn more>


Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Closing January 2

*Free for Members

Explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that show how our perceptions are a product of our brains, and more. Learn more>