Thursday, June 3, 2021

AMNH Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence Open Now!



A larger-than-life model of a dragonfly is suspended from the ceiling near a digital display screen that contains content about fireflies.



Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence

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.




Vaccination privacy booths set up below the Blue Whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.


COVID-19 Vaccines: What Do You Want to Know?

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.





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


Astronomy Online: Solar Eclipse 2021

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 virtual fly-through.





838 pound stibnite


The 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.





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.





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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.