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Weekend To-Dos at the Museum for 12/7 and 12/8: Origami, Whales, and Turkmen Culture Day

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It's the most bustling time of the year, and the Museum has many things to see and do, from the sparkling Origami Holiday Tree to a special day celebrating the culture of Turkmenistan. 

Now on Display: The Origami Holiday Tree

"Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful" is the tree's theme this year, inspired by the new exhibition The Power of Poison. Spot hand-folded paper models of Macbeth's witches; mushrooms; spiders; and more. 

Origami Witches
AMNH/R. Mickens

On Sunday, December 8, Members can take part in special sessions to fold, crease, and create an assortment of ornaments facilitated by a team of volunteers from OrigamiUSA. Sign up.

Cultural Celebration: Turkmen Culture Day

Join us Saturday, December 7, for a special event that celebrates the rich historic and cultural heritage of Turkmenistan. The day features displays of Turkmen jewelry and traditional clothing, crafts, including felt-making demonstrations, and live music from this Central Asian nation, which was one of the gateways along the legendary Silk Road.

Turkmen Culture Day

Turkmen Culture Day is free with Museum admission. 

Last Weeks: Whales: Giants of the Deep

Don't miss the last weeks of this exhibition, featuring life-size models, interactive exhibits, and films—as well as more than 20 stunning whale skulls and skeletons. The family-friendly show also reveals the history of the close relationship between humans and whales, including the traditions of Maori whale riders.

Inside View of Whales: Giants of the Deep

Inside View of Whales: Giants of the Deep

Learn more about and purchase tickets to Whales: Giants of the Deep.

Coming Monday, December 9: Ray Jayawardhana Talks Neutrinos

Renowned astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who chase them.

In 1987, the most spectacular supernova seen in four centuries appeared in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The exploding star released a burst of neutrinos observed on Earth. This composite image made in 1994–97 shows rings of gas expanding from the dying star. Hubble Space Telescope. Photo courtesy of AURA/STScI/NASA.

For more than 80 years, brilliant and eccentric scientists around the world have been searching for neutrinos—tiny but elusive subatomic particles with zero electric charge. Learn the latest in this Frontiers lecture, on Monday, December 9, at 7:30 pm.