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What to See at the American Museum of Natural History This Holiday Season

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Spending your holidays in New York City? There’s lots to see and do at the Museum from now until the New Year. (Just remember, the Museum is closed on Christmas Day.)

First up: take a break from the cold and step into a tropical, butterfly-filled garden. The Butterfly Conservatory boasts more than 500 free-flying butterflies, and teaching volunteers are on hand to help you get an up-close look at various species from habitats as far-flung as Kenya, Thailand, and Australia.

Getting together with family? Bring them to meet the tyrannosaur superfamily in the special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator. From fluffy T. rex hatchlings to tyrannosaur cousins like Dilong paradoxus, discover dozens of species from around the world while enjoying interactive exhibits, stunning life-sized models, and fossils and casts.

Silhouetted visitors watch the giant wall screen animation in the T. rex: Ultimate Predator exhibition.
Encounter a massive animated projection of a T. rex and its offspring in a Late Cretaceous setting.
R. Mickens/© AMNH

Wishing you were on a sunny beach this December? Book a quick New Year’s getaway to Oceans: Our Blue Planet, now screening in 2D or 3D, for a front-row seat to the untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing animals.

Save the date for the Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, December 28. This year’s festival is hosted by Linda Humes and features a special performance from Obediah Wright’s Balance Dance Theatre.

Dancers at the 2018 Kwanzaa celebration at the American Museum of Natural History.
Every year in December the Museum hosts its annual Kwanzaa celebration, featuring music, dance, and an artisan marketplace. 

It wouldn’t be the holidays at the Museum without the 13-foot Origami Tree. Spot T. rex and Friends among the 800 hand-folded paper models created by origami artists from around the world. (Hint: peek behind the tree to see a T. rex guarding a nest with hatchlings!)

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

And before you visit, download the Museum’s free Explorer app for turn-by-turn directions throughout the campus, extra content about exhibits, and more.