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THIS WEEK FROM THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Plus, mark your calendars for June events
ONLINE FAMILY PROGRAM
Is In: The Mysterious Modern Dinosaurs
Museum researcher Todd Green this Thursday, May 27,
at 2 pm ET, for an exploration of the peculiar skull
features of cassowaries, non-flying birds from Australia and
New Guinea—and find out how the anatomy of these modern
dinosaurs may provide insight into other evolutionary enigmas.
The Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery,
a temporary exhibition space in the new Allison and
Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, opens
June 12 with the special exhibition Beautiful
Creatures, featuring more than 100 precious jewelry
pieces inspired by animals. With jewelry designs from the
mid-19th century to the present, the exhibition
includes such iconic treasures as Cartier panthers,
butterflies by the legendary Suzanne Belperron, and
more. Free for Members.
This weekend, the Sun will align again
with the New York City street grid at sunset to create
the visual spectacle known as Manhattanhenge. Catch up
on the science behind this dazzling phenomenon with
astronomer Jackie Faherty in this video of a
virtual flight above Manhattan.
Fireflies sending signals on summer nights
in backyards. Glowworms attracting insects in New
Zealand caves. Fishes that create the only glimmers of
light in the deep sea. Discover these amazing glowing
species and more in the immersive exhibition Creatures
of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence, which opens
June 2. Free for Members.
Coral skeletons are invaluable archives of
their environments. Join Museum Curator Nathalie
Goodkin on Wednesday, June 2, at 7 pm ET to learn
how she and her collaborators are sampling and
analyzing coral skeletons in both the Atlantic Ocean
and the South China Sea to reconstruct the climate of
the last 500 years.
Tune in on Friday, June 4, at 1 pm ET to
find out what’s in store for skywatchers in the
Northeast on Thursday, June 10, when the sun will rise
partially eclipsed. Learn all about this so-called
annular eclipse in a live program featuring a virtual
fly-through with astronomer Jackie Faherty and
planetary scientist Marina Gemma.
Singing Stone Returns in the Mignone Halls of Gems and
It’s green, blue, big, beautiful—and it’s
back! The Singing Stone will be on view in the new Allison
and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals,
opening on June 12. This massive block of azurite and
malachite, which first arrived at the Museum in 1894,
is one of more than 5,000 specimens in the redesigned
halls, which showcase one of the world’s most important
collections of gems and minerals.
Free for Members.
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.
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