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American Museum of Natural History Presents: Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 1, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Visitors are invited to experience the cultures represented in the iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians through a series of live activities guided by Museum volunteers. Enjoy the interactive digital totem, a touch-screen portal to the peoples, places, and sounds of the Pacific Northwest. Tour the Hall via telepresence robot with a virtual guide-Curator Sean Young from the Haida Gwaii Museum. Get hands-on and explore Pacific Northwest artifacts with Museum volunteers.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: Frontiers Lecture: Mapping the Heavens

Hayden Planetarium Space Theater

October 3, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

The cosmos are now known to be expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Join Yale astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, as she explains the science behind these essential ideas and provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance. A book signing will follow.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Secrets of the Crocodile Mummies

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 5, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis

Enter at 81st Street
21+ with ID


Evon Hekkala, a professor at Fordham University and research associate in the Museum's Department of Herpetology, discusses how tissue samples from centuries-old museum specimens shed light on the mysterious origins of the Nile crocodile-and may even explain the presence of crocodiles in medieval medicine cabinets.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? Myth-busting animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. A book signing will follow.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: The 40th Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 13, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

With the theme "Re:Frame," the 2016 Margaret Mead Film Festival celebrates the groundbreaking spirit of legendary Museum anthropologist Margaret Mead. An installation by Samoan artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin, a virtual reality showcase, and a host of new documentary films transport and connect viewers to communities around the world. This year's festival invites participants to explore new cultural perspectives while critically examining our own points of view. As always, the Mead will feature intimate conversations with filmmakers and film subjects, as well as the presentation of the annual Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: Family Party

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 19, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

The 23nd Annual Family Party-one of the Museum's best-loved traditions-features educational activities and entertainment for children of all ages. Children will have the opportunity to interact with live animals, look into microscopes, and explore the Family Party's "Museum Science Center," with opportunities to meet Museum scientists and learn about their ongoing work through hands-on activities and much more.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: Family Astronomy

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 22, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

The Hayden Planetarium invites our youngest astronomers for an evening of star-hopping as we look at the fall and winter constellations using the Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector. Learn how to navigate the night sky and see whether you can find the celestial objects hiding in plain sight. Recommended for children ages 4-11. 


American Museum of Natural History Presents: Astronomy Live: Sci-Fi Universe

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 25, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Where is that galaxy "far, far away?" Could someone really survive on Mars? See the universe through the lens of science fiction with Museum astrophysicists Brian Levine and Irene Pease as you examine locations and situations from film, television, and novels, and uncover how much has (and hasn't!) been explored.


American Museum of Natural History Presents: Hayden Special Event: Welcome to the Universe

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all-from planets, stars, and galaxies, to black holes, wormholes, and time travel. The authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.