Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Plus, could Earth one day be as inhospitable as Venus? 




A colony of Dermestid beetles crawl around small metal trays containing specimens.



The Scientist Is In: Beetle Colony

This Thursday, May 13, at 2 pm ET, get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Museum’s in-house colony of Dermestid beetles helps to clean skeleton specimens for the Vertebrate Zoology collections. Ornithology Collection Manager Paul Sweet shows how these insects, which are some of nature’s most efficient scavengers, play an integral part in specimen preparation.





A closeup of an amethyst geode


Coming Soon: Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

The Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will open June 12! The redesigned halls offer a brilliant showcase for one of the world’s most important collections of gems and minerals and an engaging guide to our dynamic planet. See some of the treasures that await—from glittering amethyst geodes to the legendary Star of India sapphire. Members see it for free!





Mountain-like volcano protrudes from the surface of Venus.


Frontiers Lecture: Volcanic Worlds

Why is Venus not Earth’s twin? Next Wednesday, May 19, at 7 pm ET, join planetary geologist Paul Byrne to explore how volcanoes may have contributed to turning Venus from an Earth-like world to the forbidding environment it is today, and whether the same fate might one day befall the planet we call home. Free for Members.





OLogy Challenge Logo


Start a Rock Collection

Geology rocks! For this month’s challenge from OLogy, the Museum’s science website for kids, students can learn about how to look for different rocks, record observations about them, and organize a collection. Then, share one or more images of the new rock collection for a chance to be featured on the website.





Hand holding a vaccination sticker of the Blue Whale in front of the Blue Whale


Get Vaccinated Under the Blue Whale!

New York City residents can receive their free COVID-19 vaccination in the lower level of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. An added bonus: Everyone who receives their vaccination at the Museum will get a voucher for a complimentary future visit to the Museum for up to four people.





Your Support Is Critical

As we welcome back visitors, the Museum continues to operate under unprecedented financial strain—and we urgently need your help to keep fulfilling our mission of science and education. At this crucial moment, every gift, of any size, matters. We are gratefully accepting donations here.