Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Learn the Latest on COVID-19 Testing, Treatment, and Vaccines

While the Museum has closed its buildings during the COVID-19 outbreak, our work continues. We're here to help you explore our exhibits and other resources from home—and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can. Visit for updates.

COVID-19 virus model is spherical in shape, and has small, spiky protrusions scattered across the surface.

COVID-19: Vaccines, Testing, and the Science Behind the Cure

In part two of a two-part series, join an online discussion Wednesday, July 8, at 1 pm EDT with viral immunologist Kizzmekia Corbett, lead scientist on the vaccine development effort at the National Institutes of Health, computational genomicist Pardis Sabeti of Harvard University, and physician Lynne Richardson of Mt. Sinai’s new Institute for Health Equity Research, moderated by science reporter Arielle Duhaime-Ross. Explore the biology of viruses, how diagnostic tests work, and what vaccines are and how they are being developed for COVID-19—all within the social context, including racial inequities in health and healthcare.

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Three Chaco Canyon anthropology artifacts— a pitcher, bowl, and walking stick—display different painted patterns.ONLINE PROGRAM
Scientists at Home: Archaeology Encounter

Every object we create tells a story. On Thursday, July 9, at 2 pm EDT, meet Museum archaeologists Anna Semon, Thomas Blaber, and Abigail Musch as they talk about their work in the North American Archaeology Laboratory and what artifacts from the collections reveal about the humans who made them.

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Sunset from Museum's rooftopONLINE PROGRAM
Field Trip: Manhattanhenge 2020

Take a live, virtual flight across the city’s grid on Friday, July 10, at 1 pm EDT with Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty. Learn about the history and astronomy behind this spectacular light display and what makes Manhattanhenge a unique urban phenomenon.

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Young boy holding a millipede with delight in his hand.FOR FAMILIES
Summer 2020 Online Camps

The Museum’s Summer Camps are moving online, with educators leading camps for students in Grades 2–9. Camps feature hands-on investigations, talks by guest scientists, virtual hall and behind-the-scenes tours, off-line projects, and more with focused offerings in Earth and space science, biodiversity, and climate change. Various sessions begin July 27. The number of participants per camp is limited.

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