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AMNH Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence Open Now!
Creatures of Light: Nature’s
Call them lightning
bugs or fireflies, these beetles—yes, they’re beetles, not
flies!—are the only insects in the world that have evolved an
extraordinary language of light. They use it to attract, to say,
“Here I am,” and even to deceive, by emitting light from a tiny
organ, called a lantern, on the underside of their abdomen.
Discover these amazing glowing species and more in the immersive
exhibition Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence,
which opens today. Free for Members.
Teens ages 12 through 15—now eligible to
receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine—and their families are
invited to join a free virtual conversation about vaccines
with a pediatrician from the New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene and Museum alum Alex Adames
on Thursday, June 3, from 2–3 pm ET or on Friday, June 4,
from 6–7 pm ET. Don’t miss this chance to ask questions
about vaccines and the vaccination program.
This Friday at 1 pm ET, astronomer Jackie
Faherty, planetary scientist Marina Gemma, and
special guest Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Frederick P.
Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, will offer a
preview of what’s in store for skywatchers on June 10, when
the Sun will rise partially eclipsed. Learn all about this
so-called annular eclipse in a live program featuring a
Stibnite Returns in the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals
The spectacular 838-pound stibnite—one of the
largest on view in the world—will be back to dazzle
visitors in the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of
Gems and Minerals, opening on June 12. This ancient
stibnite is one of 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.
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