Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Plus, mark your calendars for June events and exhibitions. 




Profile view of a cassowary, which features a horn-like brown casque on top of its head.



The Scientist Is In: The Mysterious Modern Dinosaurs

Join 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.





Jeweled dragonfly pin, created by Tiffany.


Beautiful Creatures

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.





The sun setting on 34th street in New York City, framed by buildings in the twice-annual event known as Manhattanhenge.



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.





Bioluminescent purple jellyfish


Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence

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.





Small fish swim amongst large branches of staghorn coral.


SciCafe: Coral Climate Secrets

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.





The moon appears as a solid dark shape covering 1/3 of the sun.


Astronomy Online: Solar Eclipse 2021

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.





The Singing Stone


The Singing Stone Returns in the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

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.





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.