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This Weekend at the Museum

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If you’re visiting the Museum this weekend, you picked the perfect time to come. From a stroll with hundreds of butterflies to a site-specific opera held in our Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


The Butterfly Conservatory Opens


This Saturday, October 7, our fan favorite exhibition The Butterfly Conservatory returns with 500 live fluttering insects. Interact with butterflies and moths inside a 1,200-square-foot vivarium filled with tropical plants, find out about their unique life cycle transformation called metamorphosis, and learn how to make your own garden a destination for these amazing, colorful insects.


Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

Young girl in a school uniform standing in an empty Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs
Photo by Shervin-Lainez

On Saturday and Sunday, the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs is both a gallery and a stage during two daily performances, at noon and 2:30 pm, of this family-friendly opera of this family-friendly opera about the real-life experiences of Rhoda, the granddaughter of naturalist painter and Museum artist Charles Knight.


Meet the Scientist: Bioarchaeologist Molly Kaplan

Woman holds a digging tool and leans over the rocky ground of a dig site.

On Saturday, meet bioarchaeologist Molly Kaplan of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team in the Discovery Room. From ancient burial techniques to excavations around the world, Kaplan shares how mummies can teach us about the human health, migration, and culture. 



Aerial view of cranes flying over landscape.
Photo by Christian Moullec © John Downer Productions

Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett leads viewers on a journey through the skies with birds in the film Earthflight, screening in both 2D and 3D the LeFrak Theater. This immersive movie follows a variety of avian species across 11 countries and four continents, giving audiences a first-hand view of migration and the science of flight.


For more events happening this weekend and in October, check out the Museum’s calendar