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Museum Collections

Examine rarely seen specimens from the Museum’s invertebrate paleontology and zoology collections.

Dive down to the ocean floor to find the magnificent creatures that lurk below. Grab your virtual flashlight and lookout for the 80-foot whale! This immersive experience is brought to you by Wevr and Ocean Rift provided courtesy of Picselica.


Ocean Locomotion

Crawl, walk, or propel yourself through an octopus obstacle course with the Chewonki Foundation, and experience how these creatures move in the most extraordinary ways.



Life in the ocean can be tough, and for many animals the best way to survive is by hiding in plain sight using camouflage. Become a master of disguise, like the mimic octopus, in a crafty photo booth led by Arts in Parts. 


Tentacle Tales

Librarians from The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library tell cephalopod children’s stories. Visit the reading corner to relax in the stacks, borrow books, and sign up for a library card. 

Storytelling times: 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 3:15 pm.


Live Animals

From mollusks to cuttlefish, get an up-close look at a variety of live invertebrate ocean dwellers, led by The Maritime Aquarium and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.


Ink Art

When octopuses and squids are feeling threatened they release a cloud of ink making the water murky for a quick escape. With ink as inspiration, test your hand at printmaking with Little Pulp and create a cephalopod print.


Predation & Conservation

Cephalopods play an important role in their ecosystems, as both predator and prey. Learn more about these roles, and the conservation efforts in place to protect them and other marine life with the New York Aquarium.


Return to Milstien Science Series: Celebrating Cephalopods