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Mother's Day Weekend 2014 at the Museum

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Happy Mother’s Day! Treat mom to a weekend at the Museum with offerings that include our annual Identification Day this Saturday; the Natural Histories exhibition, which features historic illustrations from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection; and the film Mysteries of the Unseen World, now with more showings in 3D.

Identification Day 

It’s Identification Day this Saturday, May 10, from noon to 4 pm. Bring in your rocks, bones, feathers, plants, and other finds for a Museum scientist to attempt to identify. New this year: a chance to scan your object, and receive a digital copy that can be used for later 3D printing, all while learning how scientists are using 3D scanners and printers in their work.

Tiny TR 3D Bust ID Day 2014
At Identification Day 2014, the first 2,000 people who are interested will receive this "Tiny TR" made by a 3D printer. The day also features scientists using 3D printers and conducting demonstrations.

In addition, the first 2,000 ID Day participants will receive a miniature bust of Theodore Roosevelt, a “Tiny TR,” created with a cutting-edge 3D printer. Why TR? His legacy as a lifelong naturalist—and a friend of the Museum—is one of the inspirations behind this annual event.

Learn more in a blog post about TinyTR. Read more about Identification Day and what to bring here.

Natural Histories

If a bizarre new species were discovered today—or categorized as an entirely new order of animals, you could see images on the web, on TV, in newspapers, and in magazines. But in centuries past, curiosity was not so easily satisfied—except in illustrated books.

A color lithograph of a Rhea pennata, a large flightless bird with brown and white feathers, a long neck and small head, and long legs standing with one foot lifted slightly.
© AMNH/D. Finnin

See some majestic illustrations from these books in our visually evocative exhibition Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection.

Learn more in a video.

Natural Histories

Natural Histories

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Now with more showings in 3D, Mysteries of the Unseen World, from National Geographic, offers views into natural phenomena we cannot see with the human eye—from the bones inside our bodies to the nature of insect flight.

Watch a trailer; the film screens daily in the LeFrak Theater.

Mysteries of the Unseen World Trailer

Mysteries of the Unseen World Trailer