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Memorial Day Weekend at the Museum

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Staying in town for the long weekend? Us, too—getting the blue whale through TSA is just not worth the hassle. If you’re staycationing this Memorial Day, don't miss out on your last chance to see one of the Museum’s most popular live-animal shows and much more.


A boldly patterned butterfly perches on a wide plant leaf.
© AMNH/D. Finnin

Want to encounter hundreds of free-flying butterflies in a tropical vivarium? You don’t have much time. Memorial Day weekend is your last chance to check out The Butterfly Conservatory this season.


Need a taste to be convinced? You can get a glimpse of what’s in store for visitors in this 360 video from the vivarium.


This weekend also marks your last chance to see Countdown to Zero, an exploration of how science has helped to eliminate diseases such as smallpox, and what researchers and health workers around the world are doing to eliminate others, like Guinea Worm disease.


You can also check out a pair of can’t-miss special exhibitions. In ¡Cuba!, you’ll learn about the people, the landscape, and the astounding biodiversity found at the crossroads of the Caribbean.


Meanwhile, in Mummies, cutting-edge technology lets you come face to face with ancient Egyptians and Peruvians. Explore life—and the afterlife—in these cultures by visiting some of the world’s best-preserved and most rarely seen mummies.


And though every long weekend must come to an end, there’s always something to do at the Museum. On Tuesday evening, come experience a sunset like no other with us when the Sun aligns with the grid of New York’s streets for Manhattanhenge. Join Museum astronomer Jackie Faherty in the Hayden Planetarium for a show you’ll get nowhere else.