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November 2017 Programs at the American Museum of Natural History

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Big things are underway this November at the Museum! 

At tonight’s SciCafe, astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger tackles one of the biggest questions of all: are humans alone in the universe? And how do we go about finding signs of life on exoplanets?

From tremendous to tiny, want to know more about those deep pockets of the universe where the rules of physics begin to bend? Join award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf at this month’s Frontiers Lecture on November 13.

Get ready to explore 11 immersive environments when you visit the Museum’s latest exhibition, Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, which opens for a first look to Members beginning November 17.  

And just in time for the holiday season, the Origami Holiday Tree returns on November 20, this time in the Astor Turret on the fourth floor. 

See what else is coming up at the Museum this November:


SciCafe: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Wednesday, November 1

*Discounted for Members

Join astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger as she explores how to use our own planet and its wide range of species to detect signs of life on exoplanets.  Learn more >


Take Flight: An Evening Bat Encounter and Reception

Friday, November 3

*Members Only

See bats from around the world, and enjoy a cocktail with Museum scientists!  Learn more >


Animal Encounter: Bats with Rob Mies

Saturday, November 4

*Members Only

Conservation biologist and bat expert Rob Mies will host this unforgettable presentation with many species of bats.  Learn more >


The Science of Stem Cells

Monday, November 6–Friday, December 15


In this five-part online course, learn about the basic biology, bioethics, opportunities, and challenges of using stem cells in medicine.  Learn more >


Gateway Storytime

Mondays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27

*Free for Members

Enchant children ages 2 to 5 with a story hour in the Discovery Room.  Learn more >


Temblor Tales: Detecting Quakes in Cascadia

Wednesday, November 8

*Free for Members

Seismologist John Vidale explains how new technologies may allow scientists to detect quakes minutes before the strongest shaking hits.  Learn more >


Frontiers Lecture: The Zoomable Universe

Monday, November 13

*Discounted for Members

Follow astrobiologist Caleb Scharf on an epic tour through the known scales of reality. A book signing follows.  Learn more >


Our Senses: Member Preview

Friday, November 17–Sunday, November 19

For Members at the $115 level and above

Be among the first to experience this new exhibition before it opens to the public November 20.  Learn more >


Origami Holiday Tree: Unfolding the Senses

Monday, November 20–Sunday, January 7

The Origami Holiday Tree returns, this year on the fourth floor with models inspired by the new special exhibition, Our Senses.  Learn more >

Sackler Brain Course
The Senses: Our Windows to the World

Five Mondays starting November 20

*Discounted for Members


Find out about the science behind human perception from inside the new special exhibition, Our Senses.  Learn more >


Discovery Room Hours

Friday, November 24–Sunday, November 26

*Free for Members

This hands-on space, ideal for children ages 5 to 12, will be open mornings as well as afternoons for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Learn more >


Autism Spectrum Tour
The Discovery Squad

Saturday, November 25

Free 40-minute tours designed for children ages 5 to 14 with autism spectrum disorders.  Learn more >


Astronomy Live: Voyagers

Tuesday, November 28

*Discounted for Members

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager mission, composer Gerald Cohen brings us Voyagers, a new musical piece for clarinet and strings.  Learn more >


Meet the Scientist

Saturday, December 2

*Free for Members

Bring children ages 7 and up to a fascinating encounter in the Discovery Room with Nisa Beceriklisoy of the Museum's frozen-tissue lab.  Learn more >


Hall Tour: Hidden Treasures

Saturday, December 2

*Members Only


On this guided tour, learn how the Museum acquired some of its rarest and most beloved treasures.  Learn more >


Member Double Discount Days

Monday, November 13–Sunday, November 19
Sunday, December 3–Saturday, December 9

*Members Only

Save 20 percent on purchases in Museum stores and the online shop and get ahead on holiday shopping!  Learn more >


Adventures in Science: Spring 2018

Saturday, December 2

*Members Only

Sign up now for exciting introductions to science for children in Pre-K through grade 5.  Learn more >