July 4–July 6: Celebrate the Fourth at the Museum

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It's a long weekend and that means one extra day to explore the Museum, covering 1.6 million square feet across an 18-acre campus, you can’t possibly run out of things to see and do. 

The museum's entrance on 77th Street.

Be among the first to get up close to nearly 20 different species of live arachnids when Spiders Alive! opens on Friday, July 4. Learn about the group’s behavior, anatomy, and unique characteristics. See a desert hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis), the largest scorpion in North America, a giant vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus), and a fishing spider (Dolomedes okefinokensis), just to name a few.


Don’t miss amazing phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye in Mysteries of the Unseen Worldplaying in 3D and 2D at the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater through Sunday, July 6. 

Long before the Constitution was ratified remarkable animals roamed North America, discover them in the Fossil Halls and Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs. Learn too about Barnum Brown, the legendary dinosaur collector, who went on exhibitions to the American West and collected many of the dinosaurs on display at the Museum, including Tyrannosaurus rex. 

In Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs, see a model of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a colossal creature with a wing span on 33 feet that was discovered in southwestern Texas.  

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Quetzalcoatlus northropi

Next week, get ready for Manhattanhenge on Friday, July 11, when the sunset aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid.  

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