Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Star of India Is on View in the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals!




The Star of India sapphire



Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

The celebrated Star of India, the largest gem-quality star sapphire known, is back on view with the recent opening of the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals! The precious 563-carat-plus gemstone is among thousands of specimens from one of the most important collections of gems and minerals in the world featured in the reimagined galleries. Free for Members.




Serpent necklace with larger jewels dotted along its back.


Beautiful Creatures

This beguiling snake choker, created by American designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal in 1990 with his signature blend of pavĂ©-set precious and semiprecious stones, is among more than 100 precious animal-inspired jewelry pieces in the special exhibition Beautiful Creatures in the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery, now open in the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. Free for Members.




A young child holds up a drawing


Make Your Own Creatures of Light

With a few simple materials and templates from OLogy, the Museum’s science website for kids, it’s fun and easy to fashion your own life forms that flash, blink, or glow from bioluminescent mushrooms to vampire squid. For inspiration, come to the Museum for the special exhibition Creatures of Light, which is 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.