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May 24-26: Memorial Day Weekend at the Museum

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In the city this holiday weekend? There’s much to see and discover at the Museum, from special exhibitions about Pterosaurs and The Power of Poison  to shows that will transport you from Manhattan to the tropics, the ocean’s depths, and the far reaches of our universe.

Walk Among 500 Live Butterflies

Don’t let the rain slow you down! It’s always 80 degrees and sunny in the Museum’s popular Butterfly Conservatory. Step into this simulated rainforest environment to walk through a garden of tropical plants and blossoms filled with fluttering butterflies. Try to identify a variety of species (or ask a resident explainer to help you spot a monarch, zebra longwing, or paper kite). 

Tropical Butterflies Alive in New York 2015

Tropical Butterflies Alive in New York 2015

The Butterfly Conservatory closes June 22, so don’t miss your chance!

Dive Deep Off the Solomon Islands

Discover a rich underwater world of glowing fishes and reefs in this special installation in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Screening daily in the Geodome, this immersive, 360-degree film features beautiful footage shot during a 2013 Museum expedition to the Solomon Islands to investigate biofluorescent organisms, which absorb light, transform it, and emit it as a different color.

Explore21: Glowing corals imaged from Sub
Glowing corals in the sea, photographed from within the Triton submarine

This Milstein Science Series program is free with Museum admission.

Travel 100 Million Light Years Away From Earth

Take a thrilling ride to our own Milky Way and beyond in the new Space Show Dark Universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and featuring stunning visualizations based on authentic scientific data.

You’ll find out what pivotal discoveries have revealed about the history and structure of our universe and our place in it—and what new frontiers for exploration lie ahead.

Click here for more information, including showtimes.