Tuesday, November 2, 2021

November Programs from The American Museum of Natural History

Discover the science behind ancient microbes, COVID-19 vaccines, exoplanets, and more. 



Eastern Cottontail Diorama


November Online Programs from the Museum

This month, the Museum has a jam-packed schedule of online programs for adults, teens, and families! Our lineup includes two special programs about COVID-19, as well as SciCafe, the Frontiers Lecture, and a special Saturday session of The Scientist Is In to celebrate the return of live butterflies to the Museum!





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

What should your family know about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids? 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 anticipated authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children—and take your questions.





Scientists add identification flags to cylindrical rows of clay taken from the sea floor in the South Pacific Gyre.

SciCafe: Reviving 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes

Wednesday, November 3, 7 pm ET

Dive into the findings of a recent study led in part by geomicrobiologist Steve D’Hondt at the University of Rhode Island that showed that ancient microbes recovered from sediment below the seafloor can revive and multiply. Find out what these enduring microbes can reveal for the study of the climate and potential indicators for our planet’s future.





Illustration of the Kepler-47 Exoplanet

Frontiers Lecture: Imaging Exoplanets

Wednesday, November 17, 7 pm ET

Join Professor Sasha Hinkley from the University of Exeter to learn about efforts to directly image extrasolar planets. Find out about upcoming observations with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA's flagship mission scheduled to launch in December, which will deliver the first-ever direct images and spectroscopy of extrasolar planets at new wavelengths. Free for Members!





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 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.





Two butterflies—one solid colored and one with a striped wing pattern—alight on a plant leaf.

The Scientist Is In: Butterflies!

Saturday, November 20, 10 am ET

Join Curator Jessica Ware from the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology for a fascinating journey into the world of butterflies in this special virtual presentation for the whole family, celebrating the return of the Museum’s live butterfly exhibit. The Butterfly Conservatory re-opens to the public Saturday, November 20.





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.