American Museum of Natural History Presents Programs and Events in November
A Night at the Museum Sleepovers
$145 per person
($135 for Members)
Visit amnh.org/sleepovers for available dates and further details including pricing for Scout nights.
Break out your sleeping bags and experience the Museum like never before. During A Night at the Museum, the Museum's popular sleepover program, guests will explore the halls of the Museum, including the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, Cullman Hall of the Universe, and the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, where they will find T. rex. Then, participants will settle down beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, around the African elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, or at the base of a volcano in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. This unique after-hours program will thrill kids ages 6 to 13 and their caregivers.
2013 Sleepover dates include:
Saturday, November 2, 6 pm to Sunday November 3, 9 am, Cub/Boy Scout Night
Friday, November 15, 6 pm to Saturday November 16, 9 am, Brownie/Girl Scout Night
Friday, December 6, 6pm to Saturday December 7, 9 am
Pick Your Poison: Understanding Mind-Altering Drugs and Medications
Five Mondays, November 4, 18, 25, and December 2 and 9, from 6 pm to 8 pm
$295 ($240 for Members and educators)
The world is a pretty toxic place. We are surrounded by animals, plants, and chemicals that can poison us, though we usually take in select toxins-coffee, chocolate, and ethanol-in non-lethal doses. What's more, entire industries try to sell products that promise to improve or alter brain performance. But what happens to our brain chemistry when we use antidepressants, amphetamines, or caffeine? Why do we poison ourselves for pleasure, and why is it difficult to overcome substance addiction? Do animals "take" drugs? Participants in this course will gain a better understanding of which chemicals, and at what dosages, influence brain function and when we are most vulnerable to "poisoning" ourselves; unpack current scientific research around the topic; and receive resources that can inform decisions about long-term health.
Science Fiction Atmospheres with Ray Pierrehumbert
Monday, November 4, at 7:30 pm
$15 ($13.50 students, seniors)
$12 for Members
Enter at 81st Street
Join Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, as he reviews speculations about imagined planetary atmospheres in science fiction as a hook to discuss what we know about actual planets and exoplanets-and how we know it. Using some of the issues raised by newly discovered exoplanets
-including planets where it may actually snow sapphires, Pierrehumbert will introduce
SciCafe: The Story of the Human Body
Wednesday, November 6
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Program begins at 7 pm
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis
Free with cash bar
21+ with ID
Enter at 77th Street
How and why is the human body the way it is? What did evolution adapt our bodies for? And how is the human body changing today? To address these questions, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman will examine the major evolutionary transformations that have shaped the human body since we diverged from the apes, and how our bodies have further evolved and changed-for the better and the worse-since the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.
This SciCafe event is presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.
Adventures in the Global Kitchen: Taste the Museum: A Walking Food Tour
Thursday, November 7, at 6:30 pm
Enter at 77th Street
Take an after-hours culinary journey through the Museum. On this walking food tour, participants will learn about traditional tea ceremonies from around the world. Complete with tea tastings, culinary history, cooking techniques, and more, with inspiration from Museum halls and collections.
Tea tastings provided by Harney & Sons Fine Teas.
Family Astronomy in the Dome: Constellations Across Cultures
Saturday, November 9
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
$12 ($10 Members)
Enter at 81st Street
You may have seen the Big Dipper in the sky, but what about the Plough, or the Revolving Man? Learn about a variety of constellations that you can see in the night sky in this program in the Hayden Planetarium, and compare these to how people in other parts of the world view the same patterns.