AMNH Announces Summer Public Programs

AMNH Announces Summer Public Programs

AMNH has announced the following summer public programs:

Transit of Venus
Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 pm

Cullman Hall of the Universe

Free with Museum admission

On Tuesday, June 5, Venus will pass directly between the Earth and Sun. Historically, this uncommon alignment allowed scientists to measure the distance from Earth to the Sun and the scale of the entire solar system. Join us for a live simulcast of this rare transit from the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. At 6:30 pm, watch a screening of Australian artist Lynette Wallworth's Coral: Rekindling Venus in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Wallworth's installation brings coral ecosystems to life and uses the transit of Venus as a rallying point for globAl Cooperation around this century's pressing issue: climate change.


SciCafe: Forgetting Fear
Wednesday, June 6 
at 7:30 pm

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

Wallach Orientation Center, fourth floor

Free with cash bar, 21+ with ID

Enjoy cocktails, cutting-edge science, and conversation at this popular after-hours series. At the final installment for this season, neuroscientist Daniela Schiller will discuss the neural mechanisms of emotional control and flexibility and the possibility of changing fear memories.


Proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston. This project was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives of the National Institutes of Health.


Starball: Family Planetarium Program
Saturday, June 9 at 6 pm

Hayden Planetarium Space Theater

See the stars in a new, more personal way in this interactive program in the Hayden Planetarium dome. Astronomy educators use audience members’ dreams to create new constellations in the night sky as part of an entertaining mix of astronomy, music, improv, and singing. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up.


Milstein Science Series: Great Barrier Reef
Sunday, June 10 from 11 am to 6 pm

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

Free with Museum admission
Dolphins, sea turtles, sponges, and rays are just a few of the organisms that rely on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system off the coast of Australia. Through scientist presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and hands-on activities, this Milstein Science Series program will educate visitors about the threats posed to the Great Barrier Reef by climate change, pollution, invasive species, and fishing. It will also explore what can be learned from the biodiversity that exists there and how this important resource can be protected.


At 5 pm, see a special presentation of Lynette Wallworth’s Coral: Rekindling Venus in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. As Venus passed between the Earth and the Sun in 1761, scientists around the world worked to measure the distance from the Earth to the Sun in a unique act of globAl Cooperation. This June, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun once again. Australian artist Lynette Wallworth is using Venus’s transit as a rallying point for worldwide scientific cooperation around this century’s pressing issue: climate change. Her immersive dome experience, called Coral: Rekindling Venus, focuses on the Great Barrier Reef to illustrate the complexity of coral ecosystems and their struggles to handle environmental stresses such as rising ocean temperatures.


Milstein Science Series: Mini-Dome Screenings of Coral: Rekindling Venus
Monday, June 11 to Sunday, June 24

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

Free with Museum admission
Lynette Wallworth’s dome installation Coral: Rekindling Venus continues to bring coral reef systems to life in a special extension with daily back-to-back screenings in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.


Identification Day

Saturday, June 16 at 6 pm

Hayden Planetarium Space Theater


Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and artifacts to the annual Identification Day. Scientists will attempt to identify your mysterious garage sale finds, exotic souvenirs, and flea-market discoveries. Items identified in previous years have included a whale jawbone, a green beetle bracelet from Brazil, and a 5,000-year-old stone spear point from Morocco. What will your mystery objects unravel? Note: No appraisals will be given, and gemstones will not be identified.


Frontiers in Astrophysics Lecture Series: Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe with Alex Filippenko
Monday, June 18 at 7:30 pm

Hayden Planetarium Space Theater

$15 ($13.50 Members, students, seniors)
The expansion of the universe, once thought to be slowing down, is now believed to be speeding up under the force of a mysterious “dark energy.” Join astronomer Alex Filippenko to learn how he uses distant exploding stars to study dark energy and its creation of a runaway universe.