Discovery Room

Meet the Scientist in the Discovery Room

October 7, 2017 - June 2, 2018

On select Saturday afternoons throughout the school year, children 7 years old and older are invited to join us upstairs in the Discovery Room for a chance to talk with an AMNH scientist as they share their passion for science and fascinating findings with us. Space is limited and tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 2:15, 3:00, and 3:45.

2017-2018 Event Dates

  • October 7, 2017
  • December 2, 2017
  • February 3, 2018
  • April 7, 2018
  • June 2, 2018

For more information, please contact Information about past programs available below.



Meet the Scientist

Molly Kaplan

Lessons from the Dead: Exploring the Field of Bioarchaeology

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Sessions at 2:15 pm, 3:00 pm, and 3:45 pm

Molly Kaplan doing fieldwork, digging for remains

Bioarchaeology is the study of burials and human remains in archaeological contexts. Through the study of ancient mummies in Egypt and Peru, to Richard III, to native peoples all across the globe, bioarchaeologists seek to understand the life and death of individuals from the past, and shed light on the broader themes of culture and human behavior. Archaeologist Molly Kaplan of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team has excavated burials all around the world. She is fascinated by what human remains can teach us about health, migration, religion, and social interaction. Join us as Molly discusses the methods of archaeological excavation and analysis, while exploring the profound ways that studying the dead can teach us about the living—including ourselves!

Meet the Scientist programs are for visitors 7 years old and older.