Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Join AMNH for December Online Programs




Closeup of the Great White Shark and Sawshark Origami Models


December Online Programs from the Museum

Look deep into outer space, and dive into the past with a pair of online programs from the Museum. On December 16, Astronomy Online returns with a look at the James Webb Space Telescope. Then dive under the sea and into the world of ancient sharks with a special Scientist Is In on December 18!





Illustration of the SARS CoV-2 Virus

What is a Virus?

Did you know that everywhere there’s life on Earth, there are viruses? The vast majority aren’t harmful to humans but, to understand the few that are, it’s important to know about the connections between humans, viruses, and other organisms. Watch the latest video from the Museum’s Viruses, Vaccines, and COVID-19 online hub to find out more.





Fourteen technicians wearing cleanroom suits stand beneath the James Webb Space Telescope.

Astronomy Online: James Webb Space Telescope

December 16, 7 pm ET

Join Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a special look at the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Expected to launch on December 22, NASA’s JWST will become the most powerful tool for observing the universe available to scientists. Find out about the telescope’s orbit over one million miles away from Earth and tour the sites it will focus on during its first year.





Fossil jaw of carcharodon megalodon shark is suspended from the ceiling in the Hall of Vertebrate Origins.

The Scientist Is In: Ancient Sharks!

December 18, 7 pm ET

Join comparative biologist Allison Bronson for a family-friendly close encounter with ancient sharks, including megalodon. You'll learn about present-day sharks’ ancestors, their senses and behavior, and how scientists use fossils to study some of these giant ancient predators and the places they used to inhabit. The Museum’s new special exhibition, Sharks, opens December 15!





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).





A blue morpho butterfly

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.