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Spend your Fourth of July Weekend at the American Museum of Natural History

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Getting ready for Independence Day 2019? The Museum is open throughout the holiday weekend, with plenty of ways to celebrate.

What’s more American than apple pie? Tyrannosaurus rex, the fearsome carnivore first discovered in Montana in 1905 by Museum fossil hunter Barnum Brown. Find out how T. rex grew from tiny hatchling to a bone-crushing giant in the new exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator.

A model depicting an adult Tyrannosaurus rex with skin, musculature, and feathers in the exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator.
Tyrannosaurus rex grew into a giant by gaining more than 4 pounds per day until it reached adulthood.
D. Finnin/© AMNH

See some of the most scenic spots in America’s national parks without leaving New York City, with a walk through one of the Museum’s beloved diorama halls, the Bernard Hall of North American Mammals.

Two visitors view the Alaska Brown Bear diorama.
Visitors study the Alaska Brown Bear diorama in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals. 
D. Finnin/© AMNH

If you can’t make it to the beach, beat the heat with a double-feature dive into the thrilling giant-screen film Oceans: Our Blue Planetnow showing in 2D and 3D in the LeFrak Theater, followed by an exploration of mysterious depths in the Unseen Oceans special exhibition.

Twirling display of bioflourescent fish floats overhead in the Museum's Unseen Oceans exhibition.
Visitors to Unseen Oceans can see a floor-to-ceiling display of biofluorescent marine species.
R. Mickens/©AMNH

And finally, there’s fireworks—cosmic fireworks, that is. No matter where you sit in the Hayden Planetarium, you'll have spectacular views of the cosmos in the Space Show Dark Universe—including this scene showing the expansion of space, carrying galaxies away from any observation point.

Dark Universe space show.