Patrons Circle Science Afterhours

The Patrons Circle Science Afterhours series, exclusively for Patrons Circle members, invites you to explore the Museum’s inner workings with expert guides.

Programs showcase specific projects within the broad scope of the Museum’s work in science, education, and exhibition, and feature relevant behind-the-scenes access to our world-renowned collections, active laboratories, classrooms, and work spaces. Museum scientists, educators, and leadership host presentations and tours. We invite you to continue the conversation with them over cocktails.

Available to all Patrons Circle members as follows:

Invitations will follow. RSVP to [email protected] or 212-769-5153. Please note: This event series is for participants 21 and over. Invitations are nontransferable.

Gems and Minerals Hard Hat Tour 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 6–7:30 pm
George Harlow, curator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Lauri Halderman, vice president for exhibition, will lead you through the future site of the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, currently under construction.

Insectarium Design Update and Entomology Collections 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 6–7:30 pm
Join Lauri Halderman, vice president for exhibition, and special guests for an update on plans for the new Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium in the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, as well as a guided tour of the Museum’s entomology collection—one of the largest such collections in the world.

Mammalogy Collections: Established 1869 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 6–7:30 pm
Join Curator Nancy B. Simmons in the Department of Mammalogy for a guided tour of bat specimens in the Museum’s mammalogy collections, which are celebrating their 150th anniversary along with the Museum.

Temporary Ichthyology Collections Storage 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 6–7:30 pm
The Museum’s expansive ichthyology collections have been relocated in preparation for the construction of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. Ichthyologist Scott Schaefer, dean of science for collections, exhibitions, and the public understanding of science, will introduce you to their new temporary home.


The Museum gratefully acknowledges Allison and Roberto Mignone for their leadership support of the redesigned Halls of Gems and Minerals. Generous support has been provided by the Arthur Ross Foundation.