Tuesday, November 9, 2021

A Short History of Vaccines and More from the AMNH

Learn more about vaccines, viruses, and public health. 




Artist's rendering of DNA string, coronavirus molecules, a mask and other COVID-19-related iconography.


The Basics About Viruses, Vaccines, and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Museum is here to help keep you and your family informed about the science of viruses and vaccines.

Our new online hub Viruses, Vaccines, and COVID-19 will be featuring new videos, articles, and listings about upcoming programs about COVID-19 and public health.





Drawing of a person receiving a vaccine

How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines have been around for centuries, and so have questions about them. In this new video, you’ll learn about the history of vaccines, how they work, and why vaccines are an effective tool against infectious diseases.





Artist rendering depicts repeating images of a COVID-19 molecule, illustrated in different sizes and colors.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

Tuesday, November 16, 7 pm ET

In this free online program, join Dr. Sallie Permar, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Jay K. Varma, professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine as they discuss the science and public health policies behind the development of vaccines and the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children—and take your questions.





Artist's rendering depicts four COVID-19 molecules scattered around two band-aids.

Teen SciCafe: Health Equity, Racial Inequality, and COVID-19

Friday, November 19, 4:30 pm ET

In this free online program for students ages 14 and up, join Dr. Torian Easterling, first deputy commissioner and chief equity officer of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to find out how and why the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected communities of color across the U.S., and how to work for health equity in the future.





The Blue Whale model at the Museum with a vaccination bandage on its shoulder

Vaccines for Ages 5 to 11 Now Available at the Museum

The Museum vaccination site, which is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm, is now also offering vaccinations to children ages 5 and up. Scheduling an appointment in advance is strongly recommended. To schedule a vaccination appointment, please visit or call 877-VAX-4NYC(877-829-4692).





Members enjoying an after hours visit.

Exclusive Off-Hours Access for Members

Join now and have the halls, Museum icons, and special exhibitions nearly to yourself during monthly morning and evening hours just for Members. Evening hours will provide access to almost all of the Museum, while morning hours—for the Adventurer level and up—will focus on one gallery each time.