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Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History

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On Friday, November 24, the Museum will reopen to the public following the Thanksgiving holiday. From our new exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience to the annual display of the Origami Holiday Tree and the final weeks of our special exhibit Mummies, you’ll find there’s no shortage of things to do and see.


Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Children and adults gather around four lit tabletop surfaces that hold that plastic shapes.
Visitors can arrange puzzle pieces on a sensor to teach a computer how to recognize imagery.
©AMNH/C. Chesek

Put your senses to the test as you navigate 11 funhouse-like spaces that reveal how what we perceive isn’t always what it seems. Learn how bees and butterflies see with UV light in a gallery made to look like a lush garden, and find out what makes human perception unique during an interactive live presentation. Don’t miss what CBS New York called “a sensory overload—in a good way.”


Origami Holiday Tree

Children gather around the base of an artificial evergreen tree that is covered with origami decorations.
The 2017 Origami Holiday Tree.
© AMNH/R. Mickens

The Origami Holiday Tree has returned to the Museum, this year in a new location in the Astor Turret, just off the Hall of Primitive Mammals on the fourth floor. The theme of our 13-foot tree is Unfolding the Senses, inspired by the exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience. Look closely, and you’ll see optical illusions, balancing figures, eyes, bats, and even beluga whales. 



Adult and two children view a mummy sarcophagus in a display that recreates the stone interior of an egyptian tomb.
An example of an Egyptian tomb in the exhibition Mummies
© AMNH/R. Mickens

See rarely-exhibited mummies and explore how ancient Egyptians and Peruvians preserved and honored their dead in this special exhibition, which closes January 7. If you haven’t seen it already, now’s your chance!