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May at the Museum

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This May, there's no shortage of exciting events at the Museum, as well as your last chance to see some of our ongoing exhibitions and live animal shows.

May 26 is the last day to experience a day in the life of a jellyfish in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, and on May 29, The Butterfly Conservatory closes its doors. That means you've got just a couple more weeks to meet these incredible invertebrates, so don't miss out!


A translucent mushroom-shaped jellyfish swims underwater.
The Australian Spotted Jellyfish is an invasive species found in many of the world’s oceans.
Courtesy of Orest/Wikimedia Commons

Elsewhere in the Museum, we'll be hosting chats with scientists, musical performances, and more. You can even learn more about items from your personal natural history collection at the Museum's annual Identification Day!



And as always, some of our programs are Members-only affairs. To get access to these tours, lectures, and other events, as well as discounts on tickets and other benefits, click here to see membership options and find the level that’s right for you!


Immersive Dome Experience

Through Friday, May 26

Dive into the world of jellies in this temporary pop-up dome in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Learn more >

Gateway Storytime

Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22

*Free for Members or with Museum admission

Treat children two to five years of age to an enchanting story hour in the Discovery Room. Learn more >


Ghost Snake Stories in Madagascar

Wednesday, May 3

Hear tales of recent reptile discoveries from herpetologist and Museum Curator Frank BurbrinkLearn more >

Teens are invited to hear Dr. Burbrink at Teen SciCafe earlier in the day.

Cuban Dreams/Cuban Histories

Thursday, May 4

*Free for Members

Join poets Nancy Morejón and Derek Palacio for an exploration of myths, lived experiences, and ¡Cuba!  Learn more >

Identification Day

Saturday, May 6

*Free with Museum admission

Bring your own natural history discoveries to the Museum, where scientists will help identify them and show you rarely seen specimens. Learn more >

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures

Saturday, May 6

*Free for Members or with Museum admission

Discover the peoples and places of the Pacific Northwest with virtual guide Sean Young of Haida Gwaii Museum. Learn more >


Family Bird Walk with Noah Burg

Sunday, May 7

*Members Only*

Learn more about the anatomy, habitats, and behaviors of the diverse and vibrant bird life found in our own back yard. Learn more >


Dreams of the Caribbean

Saturday, May 13

Celebrate the Caribbean with new work by Paquito D'Rivera and students from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music. Learn more >

The Hunt for Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond

Monday, May 15

Geoscientist Tullis Onstott discusses new discoveries on Earth that are furthering the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. Learn more >


Field Trip to the Moon

*Members Only*

Wednesday, May 17

Join us for a virtual trip to the Moon in the immersive Hayden Planetarium. Learn more >

Preparing for the Next Pandemic


Thursday, May 18

Find out about cutting-edge research into the causes and effects of infectious diseases. Learn more >


SciChat: Coyotes in the Big Apple

Saturday, May 20

Join other 10 to 13-year-olds, accompanied by a guardian, as biologist Mark Weckel answers your questions about coyotes in the city. Learn more >


Origami: Folding Fun Sessions

Sunday, May 21

Learn the art of paper folding from the highly skilled teachers of OrigamiUSA. Learn more >


Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

Tuesday, May 23

Explore dark matter, the geysers of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and more with Jackie Faherty and Ted Williams. Learn more >


Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad

Saturdays, May 27 and June 3

40-minute tours, designed for children ages 5–14 with autism spectrum disorders and their grown-ups. Learn more >



Tuesday, May 30

Let astrophysicist Jackie Faherty be your guide to this fascinating phenomenon when the setting Sun is perfectly aligned with certain Manhattan streets. Learn more >

Meet the Scientist: Rae Wynn-Grant

Saturday, June 3

*Free with Museum Admission

Invite children ages 7 and up to hear all about Dr. Wynn-Grant’s work with black bears. Learn more >


Behind the Scenes in Paleontology


Tuesday, June 13

*Members Only*

Museum experts Carl Mehling and Alana Gishlick guide you through the Paleo Prep Lab and Big Bone storage room. Learn more >


The Butterfly Conservatory

Closes Monday, May 29

See up to 500 brilliant free-flying butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia! Learn more >