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At the Museum


AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

EXHIBITIONS

Traveling the Silk Road: Andent Pathway to the Modem World

Through August 15

This intriguing exhibition transports visitors to one of the greatest trading routes of all time, showcasing the technologies and cultures of four representative cities: Xi'an, China's Tang Dynasty capital; Turfan, once the crossroads of Central Asia; Samarkand, one of the world's oldest cities; and ancient Baghdad, a hub of trade and scholarship. Don't miss live performances on Sunday afternoons, organized by the Silk Road Project.

Traveling the Silk Road is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Roma, Italy and Codice. Idée per la cultura srl, Torino, Italy; the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia and Art Exhibitions Australia; and the National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan and United Daily News, Taipei, Taiwan.

The Presenting Sponsor of Traveling the SUk Road: Andent Pathway to the Modem World is MetLife Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by Mary and David Solomon.

The Silk Road Project residency is generously supported by Rosalind P. Walter.

Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time

Through January 3

Entering its last month, this remarkable exhibition features fossils and modern mammals from the Museum's collection and explores the distinctive qualities and shared ancestry that unite this diverse class of animals.

Extreme Mammals is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada; and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Major funding for Extreme Mammals has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional generous support for Extreme Mammals has been provided by the Bill and Ann Ziff Foundation, the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund, and Harían B. Levine, M. D. and Marshall P. Levine.

Frogs; A Chorus of Colors

Through January 3

Catch this delightful exhibition, which features more than 200 live frogs in re-created habitats, before it closes.

This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The Butterfly Conservatory Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

A perennial favorite, the Butterfly Conservatory lets visitors mingle with up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies.

Highway of An Empire: The Great Inca Rood

The Inca Empire owed its reach and power to an extensive network of roads, the focus of this stunning photo exhibition.

Courtesy of the Consulate General of Peru in New York.

The presentation of Highway of An Empire at the American Museum of Natural History is made possible by the generosity of the Arthur Ross Foundation.

Spider Silk Textile

This spectacular and extremely rare textile, on display in the Grand Gallery, was woven from goldencolored silk thread produced by one million spiders in Madagascar.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SciCafe

Wednesday, 12/2, jpm

Wednesday, 1/6, 7 pm

Wednesday, 2/3, 7 pm

The new after-hours series continues this winter with science, cocktails, and conversation. Free admission and cash bar for guests 21 and up. See amnh.org/scicafe for a complete schedule.

Proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

Media Partner for SciCafe is Seed Magazine

Additional support provided by National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA).

Origami Tree

Through Sunday, 1/3

A beloved Museum tradition, the Origami Tree is back for the holiday season in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. …

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