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THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY April 2021 Schedule
April 1 EDT
HAYDEN PLANETARIUM SPACE THEATER REOPENED;
ALL-DAY ONLINE EARTHFEST, AND MORE!
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The iconic Hayden Planetarium Space Theater recently reopened at limited capacity, with seven shows daily of Worlds Beyond Earth, the Museum’s new Space Show, which premiered just weeks before the Museum closed its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Narrated by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, World Beyond Earth takes viewers on an exhilarating journey that reveals the dynamic nature of the worlds that orbit our Sun and features immersive visualizations of distant worlds, space missions and breathtaking scenes depicting the evolution of our solar system on a planetarium projection system that is the most advanced in the world.
The Museum’s LeFrak Theater, which features a 40-foot-high, 66-foot-wide screen with a state-of-the-art digital sound system, also recently reopened at limited capacity and is screening the giant-screen film Volcanoes: the Fires of Creation. The film follows intrepid explorer Carsten Peter on an adrenaline-filled trip across the globe to discover how volcanoes have created Earth’s extraordinary ecosystems and wildlife habitats.
The reopening of the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater and the LeFrak Theater follow health and safety protocols, including limited capacity and cleaning between showtimes. Timed-entry tickets must be reserved in advance at amnh.org.
UPCOMING ONLINE PROGRAMS
First Wednesday of the month
On the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., this popular after-hours online program brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening of conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field.
Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m.: SciCafe: The Chimpanzee Within Us. Why are humans the way we are? One way to answer this question is to look to our closest cousins, the chimpanzees. Join Assistant Professor of Psychology and Anthropology, Alexandra Rosati of the University of Michigan and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology, Zarin Machandaof Tufts University as they examine the world of chimpanzees, including chimpanzee social lives, ecological context and how they think and solve problems. By understanding what it means to be a chimpanzee, we can turn back the evolutionary clock to glimpse the origins of human cognition and behavior. RSVP for the free live online program here.
Select Thursdays of each month
Ever wonder how a paleontologist finds fossils? How an entomologist studies dragonflies? Or what tools an archaeologist brings on an expedition? The Scientist Is In is a family-friendly online program featuring scientists from various fields, from astrophysics to zoology. Join the livestream twice per month to hear about what they study and the tools they use, and bring your questions for each scientist to answer live.
Thursday, April 8, at 2 p.m.: The Scientist Is In: Raramuri Indigenous Culture Today. Join an exciting conversation about Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Indigenous culture from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico with Museum archivist Barbara Mathe, Mexican ethnologist Sabina Aguilera, artist and agroecologist Fernando García-Dory, curator Sofia Mariscal, and Rarámuri artists and activists María Luisa Chacarito and Adolfo Fierro. This family-friendly program will feature highlights from the Museum’s archival collection of photographs of the Rarámuri and insights about this thriving contemporary culture. A link to join the Facebook watch party will be posted soon on the Museum’s online calendar.
Monday, April 12, at noon
Get ready for Earth Day with an exciting look at the dynamic planet we call home. Join a live tour of the Museum’s Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth with Museum guide Michael Hamburg as he shares the unique ingredients that make life on Earth possible. How did oceans form? Why is Earth habitable? Bring your questions about how our planet works! Join the YouTube livestream here.
Thursday, April 22
On Thursday, April 22, the Museum’s annual EarthFest will offer a series of online programs for everyone to celebrate the beautiful planet we call home, from home, beginning at 11 a.m. Offerings include a live performance featuring puppetry and animation that illuminates cultural relationships with animals, a live virtual guided flight exploring climate science from the vantage point of satellites, a live program and chat with conservation scientists, a virtual dance party and more. EarthFest programming, which will be accessible via individual links from the online calendar listing at amnh.org/earthfest, includes (note that all times are in ET):
11 a.m.: Animal Tales with American Lore Theater: In this family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation and music, Coyote tells the tales of three different animal species in North America: an orca, a softshell turtle and a spider. Discover how these species are represented in Indigenous folklore as well as in modern stories in this presentation which illuminates our cultural relationship with these species and illustrates the major threats and conservation hurdles they face. Written and performed by Charlotte Ahlin, Isabella Madrigal and Elise Wien. Music by The Lobbyists.
1 p.m.: Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life: Take a virtual flight around the world with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin and observe how our Sun, atmosphere and ocean work together to create the weather we experience today and our climate over time. Earth’s atmosphere, ocean and climate evolved in ways that greatly impact life on our planet. From vantage points of satellites observing Earth, witness phenomena like the El Niño Southern Oscillation and learn about the deep-rooted connection between ocean currents and life.
This EarthFest program is part of the Museum’s Astronomy Online series, which offers monthly live tours of the universe on the Museum’s YouTube channel.
2 p.m.: The Scientist Is In: Conservation in Action: Discover how scientists learn to understand and protect the Earth in this program featuring scientists from the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation as they present exciting research. Learn about new methods to track turtles (think turtle backpacks!) with Suzanne Macey, discover how the relationship between predators and prey affects restoration of wetlands with Alex Moore, check out how new technology can help count and identify animals from images and video with Peter Ersts and explore how people of different cultural traditions care for and protect habitats with Puaʻala Pascua.
This EarthFest program is part of the Museum’s family-friendly The Scientist is In series, which features interactive discussions with scientists.
3 p.m.: Earth Day Dance Party: It’s time to celebrate the Earth—and everyone is invited! Hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, this all-ages dance party is designed to cheer for all the things that make our planet great. Expect special effects, catchy tunes and interactive games at this online after-school dance special.
7 p.m.: Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals: Join us for a special Earth Day edition of the Museum’s Frontiers Lecture series with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin as she unpacks how sea surface temperatures, salinity and ocean circulation systems change over time and are critical to forecasting climate in the future. Find out how marine geochemists use a surprising hydrographic data repository in corals to gain insights into climate activity over seasons, decades and even hundreds of years. Visit here to purchase tickets to this online program ($25 suggested/household and $15 minimum/household; free for Museum Members.)