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What to See at the Museum This Weekend

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Long weekends are made for exploring. Whether it’s learning more about the wildlife in your backyard, taking a deep dive into the ocean, or probing the mysteries of the universe, there’s lots to see and do at the Museum over the next three days. Here are three highlights.

 

Three children and an adult peer at butterfly through magnifying glasses.
The Butterfly Conservatory lets you get up close to fluttering butterflies.
R. Mickens/©AMNH

The butterflies have landed—hundreds of them! Starting this Saturday, visit the Butterfly Conservatory to mingle with up to 500 free-flying butterflies among tropical blooms. Teaching volunteers will be on hand to point out various species, share details about the butterfly lifecycle, and answer questions.

 

Text labels on the glass of the Old New York diorama, a scene between the colonial Dutch and the Lenape, adds context and highlights misrepresentation
New interpretation on the glass of the 1936 Old New York diorama, which depicts a scene between the colonial Dutch and the Lenape, includes context and highlights clichés and inaccuracies.
M. Shanley /© AMNH

Stop by the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall to see new interpretation of the Old New York diorama, which was installed in 1939. New labels on the glass add context and highlight misrepresentations of the Lenape, the Native people whose ancestral homeland included New York City.

 

Two children spin models of a coyote and dolphin head and watch the results on a screen display.
Visitors touch sensors on models of a coyote, human, and dolphin heads, activating a digital display representing the neural pathways associated with these senses.
©AMNH/R. Mickens

Did you know that every sensory experience you’ve ever had was actually created inside your brain? Explore 11 galleries in Our Senses to find out how our brain shapes our perceptions—and why what we see, hear, and feel depends on our surroundings as well as on our sensory organs and brains.