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One of the Museum’s best-loved annual traditions, the Family Party is a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders of the Museum. Guests are treated to an evening of fun activities in the Museum’s magnificent halls, including interacting with live animals, digging for dinosaur fossils, conducting experiments, meeting scientists, and more. Highlights include: • The popular Museum Science Center, which showcases Museum scientists and their ongoing work through hands-on activities, live animals, extreme specimens, and scientific data. This year the Science Center will feature a 25-foot giant squid. • Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise, has been preserved for future generations and will be on a display for a limited time before being returned to Ecuador. • Digging for “gems” in the Tiffany & Co. Gem Dig • Exciting animals from LEO Zoological Conservation Center • Haircuts by Cozy’s Cuts for Kids • A chance to meet Buddy from The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train • The Glow Zone: Wild Weather, where kids can dance up a storm between claps of thunder and bolts of lightning. WHERE Press should enter through the Museum’s main entrance on Central Park West at 79th Street.
The League of Kitchens provides immersive experiences where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes. The organization's founder Lisa Gross, food writer Molly O'Neill, and trained immigrant homecooks will be in conversation about the power of cultural exchanges through cooking and eating together. This event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6 pm. If you have questions, contact Laura Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.431.0233 ext. 259.
2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival—the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural media and conversation in the unique setting of the American Museum of Natural History—will screen 43 outstanding films from more than 50 countries and host special events and performances. This year, the festival’s selections— including 14 U.S. premieres— will focus on the tension between tradition and its relevance in a contemporary context. With the theme “Past Forward,” the Mead explores how cultural touch stones needn’t be trapped in amber but can serve as important guides for modern life. The festival offerings include subjects spanning communities coping with water shortages and climate change, the power of rhythm and music to revive the human spirit, and the pull of globalization versus staying faithful to traditional ways. $15 Opening and closing night screenings $12 General Admission $10 Members, seniors, students
In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight, and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Appropriate for adults and families with children 8+
Discoveries of worlds outside our own solar system have captivated the imagination with seemingly impossible and exotic properties of unfamiliar landscapes. In this Astronomy Live program, astrophysicist Jackie Faherty uses the Digital Universe Atlas to help you explore the strange new worlds in our galaxy. $15 ($13.50 students, seniors) $12 for Members
Trick or treat among the Museum’s iconic halls. Kids’ favorite characters will wander the Museum, greeting and entertaining visitors. Spooky arts and crafts will keep little hands busy and live performances will take place throughout the night.
The exhibition is organized by Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Initiative, which is under the direction of Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art. Stephanie Kwai, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, has provided curatorial
The American Museum of Natural History kicks off One Step Beyond for its eighth season with DJ sets by DJ Questlove, DJ Neil Armstrong, and Matthew Law. At these events, an ongoing party series, guests can dance in the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space to the sounds of the biggest names in techno, electronica, hip-hop, and indie rock. Guests can also enjoy the Hayden Big Bang Theater, located in the lower part of the Hayden Sphere, which features a dynamic multimedia presentation, narrated by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, that takes visitors on a thrilling four-minute trip from Earth to the edge of the visible universe. One Step Beyond is presented with Brightest Young Things.