Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Plus, tomorrow: discover the role of volcanoes on Venus. 







Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence

Explore the extraordinary animals—and other organisms—that blink, glow, flash, and glitter in the immersive exhibition Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence, which opens June 2. Reserve your tickets at beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19. Free for Members.





Mountain-like volcano protrudes from the surface of Venus.


Frontiers Lecture: Volcanic Worlds

Why is Venus not Earth’s twin? Tomorrow 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.





A large, purple amethyst geode


Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

Do you remember the Museum’s giant glittering amethyst geode? Now there are two of them—in the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, which open June 12! The second geode, which stands 9 feet tall and weighs around 12,000 pounds (5,440 kg), will be on view at the entrance to the redesigned halls, which showcase one of the world’s most important collections of gems and minerals.





Two men are suspended on ropes above an active volcano crater.


Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Now showing in the Museum’s LeFrak Theater: Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, an adrenaline-packed exploration of how volcanoes shape the world we know. Dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu, visit the incredible mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia, and more in this giant-screen film. Free for Members.





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.