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There’s so much to see and do at Madame Tussauds! Get up close and personal with over 220 life-like wax figures of the biggest stars and icons in entertainment, sports and history. From Marilyn to Madonna to Gaga, there is a star for every generation. Experience the magic of our Cinema 4D theatre, delivering 3D technology with the latest in 4D special effects! Scare yourself silly with the dark side of Madame Tussauds in SCREAM, our live-actor filled experience, and celebrate New York’s greatest icons in The Spirit of New York! Located in the heart of Times Square, no visit to NYC is complete until you’ve experienced the world famous Madame Tussauds.
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Madame Tussauds New York for School Groups
Madame Tussauds is the best place to visit for School groups of ALL ages!
Have your students travel into time as they are able to see and touch prominent figures in history.
With over 225 figures, Madame Tussauds New York provides visitors with an entertaining and educational opportunity to experience the world’s most fascinating celebrities, influential world leaders, historical figures and sports icons.
With a number of interactive experiences such as our Marvel 4D Film and Experience, Spirit of New York, Sports Zone, Scream! a live-actor haunted experience, and much more, this is one New York destination you must see!
Combine learning and fun
Madame Tussauds is dedicated to the meticulous art of sculpting and working with wax to create life-size, three dimensional figures of the most popular celebrities from the worlds of film, television, music, politics, history, sports and the arts from yesterday and today. Have your students travel into time as they are able to see and touch prominent figures in history.
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Groups of 15 or more receive great discounts year- round!
With a group minimum of 15, take advantage of our discounted student group rates.
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Want more? Our intimate Educational Workshops will give your students the chance to discuss with a Madame Tussauds representative the art of creating our life-like wax figures or our business and marketing strategies.
Our Educational Workshops allow your students to immerse themselves in the amazing world of Madame Tussauds. Usually offered to groups between 9:00am to 10.00am, our workshops include a 45-minute interactive presentation in our state of the art Cinema 4D theater, giving your groups a once in a lifetime experience in one of the most renowned wax attractions in the world.
Workshop General Information
Duration of visit with seminar: 2½- 3 hours
Cost: Additional $5.00 per person
Availability: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 10:00am (based on availability) to groups of 20 to 135 people (Small groups may be accommodated during weekdays based upon availability).
What the Workshop Includes:
- See if you can tell who is real in our game of “Real or Wax”.
- A brief history on Marie Grosholtz Tussaud dating back to the French Revolution.
- A presentation done by a key member of our staff on the specific subject area.
- Question & Answer Session.
Cinema 4D Theatre at Madame Tussauds (Above)
Since the studios where the sculptors work are not open to the public, few people know how our exquisite figures are created.
Over the years, hundreds of celebrities have made their way through Madame Tussauds’ “Stage Door” to the sittings studio, built specially to ensure privacy and confidentiality. Our Studio Secrets Seminar takes you behind the closed doors into a Studio Sitting. Learn about this fascinating process, from the private sitting with the celebrity subject, hundreds of precise measurements, photographs to the impeccable craftsmanship and dedication to artistic perfection.
The Studio Secrets Workshop is the perfect introduction to a Madame Tussauds visit and can be tailored to younger students or adults.
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Explore the Exhibits at Madame Tussauds
Marvel Super Heroes 4D
Step inside the top secret command center to unlock your powers alongside the Hulk, Spider Man and more. Pass their tests and advance to the thrilling finale, the Marvel Super Heroes Cinema 4D Experience.
The Spirit of New York
Experience The Spirit of New York, celebrating New York’s greatest icons and unforgettable moments. From classic movie scenes to moments that lifted spirits and shook history, immerse yourself in everything that is New York.
Take your spot on the court, challenge a friend to a friendly game of tennis, box with Evander, and stand on the sidelines with Eli! Don’t miss our interactive sports experience!
B&H TV Studio
Step inside the shoes of a news anchor in the B&H TV Studio Experience as wax figures of award-winning journalists look on.
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Opening Night Party
Snap! Flash! Get past the sea of cameras and make a grand entrance to the star studded Opening Night Party. Get the latest gossip from the rich and famous. Be careful not to get caught in the tabloids, the paparazzi are relentless!
Behind the velvet ropes of the VIP Club, you are transported inside New York City’s hottest nightclub. No tough security or pretentious doorman, just mention that you are on Gaga’s list.
Time travel may not be possible, but you can dive into a chronological journey showcasing cultural influences through the decades. Meet some of the world’s greatest sports and entertainment icons.
Looks like you made a wrong turn. It’s really dark here. Follow the light and you’ll be safe, right? You are deep within the mirror maze, where your fears will be unearthed. SCREAM!
The world’s most historical summit has begun and the greatest thinkers, artists and leaders await your arrival. Before you rewrite history, take a few moments to rub elbows with our historical guests.
Strike a pose with some of Bollywood’s best loved stars. Some of the biggest names in Indian cinema can be found right here!
Graduation Parties – Fun, Unique, Memorable!
The world renowned Madame Tussauds is the perfect place for your event! If you want your guests to walk away with an exceptional experience unlike any other look no further than Madame Tussauds.
With a wide range of venue options, we have set the stage for creating the most dramatic backdrop for your event. Whether it’s an exclusive attraction buyout for up to 1,200 or an intimate gathering for 10 specially invited guests, let us entertain you.
With 85,000 square feet of venue space, over 200 figures to meet AND located in the “heart” of Time Square within walking distance to all Broadway theaters and major subway lines; there’s nowhere else like it in New York! Unique and interactive, constantly changing and always forward thinking so no two events are ever the same.
- Proms and After Prom Parties
- Project Graduation
- Pre and Post Theatre Events
- Movie Screenings
- Birthday Celebrations
- Scavangers Hunts
- Team Building
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The South Carolina Aquarium, the #1 family attraction in Charleston, is located downtown on the Charleston Harbor, offering interactive excitement and learning for visitors of all ages. Guests can explore exhibits such as the Touch Tank featuring Atlantic stingrays, sea stars and horseshoe crabs, the expansive Saltmarsh Exhibit featuring the Feed the Rays experience, the Blackwater Swamp featuring a rare 1-of-only-50 in the world albino American alligator, the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank featuring sharks, a loggerhead sea turtle and moray eels. Also take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary care that is provided to rescued sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Hospital. Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and dive shows. Start planning a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium today at http://www.scaquarium.org.
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Education is at the core of our mission and we strive to provide an engaging, exciting experience combined with lessons in biology, environmental science and conservation. The Aquarium offers wonderful benefits to school groups. To learn more or book your visit, call (800) 722-6455.
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Experience our 4-D Theater where 3-D imagery, interactive seating and special effects all come together in one theater. It’s a movie adventure your class will not forget. Learn more.
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Treat your class and visit South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. Students will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look while discovering the extraordinary care that is provided to sick and injured sea turtles. Group tours are unavailable on Mondays and Wednesdays. Learn more.
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Groups can bring lunches and enjoy them outside on Liberty Square or you can pre-order bagged lunches from the Sea Turtle Café. Arrangements must be made one week in advance, call (843) 329-0366.
There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric Megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat.
See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of fun.
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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.
We invite you to bring your students and groups to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida’s premier science center, for an exciting hands-on learning adventure, bringing science alive for your students and groups.
Use the links to the left to discover how much we have to offer. Remember we’ve got fun down to a science!
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Permanent Exhibits for School field Trips
A major expansion of the Museum of Discovery and Science, the new 34,000-square-foot EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations.
There are five new exhibit areas: Otters at Play, Everglades Airboat Adventure, Prehistoric Florida, Florida Water Mysteries and Storm Center.
- Watch the playful antics of North American river otters
- Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure
- Experience hurricane force winds
- Dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon
- Come face-to-face with a saber-toothed cat
- Walk under a 12-foot-tall Imperial Mammoth
- Discover the natural path of water through Florida
- Learn how you can help protect and conserve the Everglades
- Science will come to life in the new 100-seat Keller Science Theater with entertaining science presentations and live animal shows.
This new permanent exhibit showcases the amazing miracle of the human body features four zones: Powerful Pulse, Powerful Team, Powerful You, and The Cutting Edge.
Ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck takes it away? Climb in our garbage truck and explore with Harry as he guides visitors in learning what going green really means.
Did you know minerals are the building block of the entire Universe? The iron in hematite, in spinach and in the hemoglobin in our blood is all the same.
Discover how scientists study the fascinating mysteries of space in our recently expanded space hall.
Explore this hands-on interactive exhibit and nature trail that tells the story of the restoration of Florida’s Everglades.
Children seven and under will enjoy this hands-on play and learning center designed especially for them.
Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.
Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.
The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.
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The Maritime Aquarium offers exciting science-education experiences … in the Aquarium, in the field and at your school. The inspiration of this learning is Long Island Sound, perhaps familiar to students for its proximity but a fascinating unexplored world below the surface.
Interactions with our live animals and engaging science programs can help you inspire your students to become eager learners and young conservationists. We offer standards-based learning opportunities that make science a positive adventure for your students as they’re introduced to scientific concepts, processes and the importance of science in our lives today.
Of course, every visit to our nationally recognized aquarium is a fun and educational experience that gets your students up close to sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and dozens of other species native to Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Aquarium also has Connecticut’s largest IMAX movie theater. Documentaries on our six-story screen wil transport your students on an unforgettable learning adventure.
Educators voiced concerns. Aquarium donors answered. We have financial assistance available for Aquarium admission, IMAX® movies, programs and bus transportation costs. Some, but not all, financial aid is needs-based. Aid is limited and awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Book early! Enjoy it all at the Aquarium or in the field. Or a Traveling Teacher will bring the fun and learning right into your classroom or auditorium, or to a nearby park, pond, stream or beach.
There are lots of possibilities as you design just the right fun and educational visit to The Maritime Aquarium for your students.
Programs by Grade
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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk brings Long Island Sound Marine Science to Your School
Have the Aquarium visit your school! Except where noted, each 45-minute presentation is for groups of up to 28 students and costs $165 plus additional travel fees. Discounts are given for multiples of the same program held on the same day in the same classroom: $100 for the second program, $95 for the third and $90 for each additional.
Additional charges may include: a “layover fee” for gaps of an hour or more between classes; travel charges; and parking fees.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
“House for Hermit Crab”
Students follow along month by month as they listen to this classic book about a year in the life of a young hermit crab. They use their senses and sharpen observational and verbal skills as they share what they notice and ask questions. They handle some live animals from the story and look for similarities and differences in various crabs, including an invasive species.Program duration dependent on the students’ attention spans.
Living vs. Non-Living
For kindergarten only. Through a guided discussion, students share their observations about the characteristics of living and once-living organisms, as well as non-living things. They compare and contrast two live animals of the same grouping.
For ages 4 & up only. Members of the same group of animals can look and behave very differently. For example, herring and sharks are both fish, but have distinct differences in their size, color and habits. Activities include touching shark teeth, measuring themselves against a life-sized shark puzzle they assemble, and weighing out food for the Aquarium’s sharks.
Grades 1 & 2
By observing and touching a variety of live intertidal animals, students learn about these creatures’ different structures and behaviors. Activities focus on how these animals meet their basic needs for oxygen, food, water, shelter and space.
Sea Turtle Life Cycle
After hearing a story about the life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle, students play a counting game that teaches about the needs of turtles and demonstrates how and why few survive from hatchling to adult. Students look for special structures and behaviors that help sea turtles meet their basic needs, and discuss ways they can help protect these ancient creatures.
Whales and Dolphins
Is a dolphin a whale? How do scientists group whales? How are you like a whale? Students observe and describe similarities and differences, measure themselves against a life-sized whale puzzle, learn about conservation issues and participate in activities that demonstrate whale and dolphin adaptations.
Grades 3 & 4
Life Between the Tides
The intertidal zone is a unique habitat in which organisms have different behavioral and structural adaptations to survive the rising and falling of tides every day. Students will learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss how the organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. And they share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of live intertidal invertebrates.
Sharks and Fish
Animals have structural adaptations for getting food, such as specialized teeth or a keen sense of smell. Students will work in teams to rotate through stations focusing on the animals’ adaptations and survival strategies, the similarities between sharks and other fish, and conservation issues. Activities include measuring out the amount of food that the Aquarium feeds its sharks, observing physical adaptations of a fish, and touching shark jaws, skin and other artifacts.
Squid have very unique behavioral and structural adaptations for survival, and they depend on living and non-living components of their environment. Students observe and ask about these adaptations and interactions as they learn dissection skills. They also compare and contrast squid with other mollusks, such as snails and clams.
Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)
Available only as a 90-minute program. Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, chance variables and state results. $265 for first program, $185 for others on the same day.
The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.
Marine World Magnified
The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.
Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid’s unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.
Environmental Issues for Grades 3-8
These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)
Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They’ll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.
An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.
Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound’s extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they “pollute” a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts.
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Dr. LivingSound® Traveling Science Show!
For Grades 2-6
This lively 45-minute program, for up to 200 students, incorporates drama, surprise and humor to introduce students to Long Island Sound’s environment and the issues that concern it. Our Dr. LivingSound® character (played by a Maritime Aquarium educator) draws students into hands-on demonstrations that teach how science connects to the marine world. Using water as its central topic, “the good doctor” introduces students to the Sound’s watershed, explains the water cycle and examines the different ways we use water.
Cost is $525. Discounts available for multiple presentations on the same day: $275 each additional presentation. Additional charges may include a “layover fee” for gaps of one hour or more between classes, travel charges, and any parking fees.
Touch Tank for a Day!
A great bonus for Field Days, Science Fairs or Family Nights
We’ll set up a supervised touch tank with live tidal-pool creatures and animal artifacts. A great hands-on learning-station enhancement to any event!
Cost: $165 for the first hour, $100 for second hour, $95 for third hour and $90 for each additional hour.
Long Island Sound Day
We can arrange a day at your school so that several grades, or all students, can experience our unique program.
Our Long Island Sound Day includes an initial indoor assembly program (for up to 200) with a PowerPoint presentation, then in one-hour blocks students can rotate through a variety of stations that include our live tide-pool animals. Other stations could include topics on whales, sharks or invasive species.
Cost: $300 for initial assembly/ set-up, $200 per hour thereafter. Travel charges may also apply. For more information, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2271.
After-school Programs at Your School
Learning, fun and inspiration don’t have to stop when the dismissal bell sounds. The Maritime Aquarium’s staff of educators will work with you to design a customized after-school program, conducted at your school, that will both entertain your students and supplement their school day learning!
The following series are offered singly or in combination for months of enrichment and fun.
Ocean Explorers 1
This multi-week hands-on program engages students in learning about Long Island Sound. Students will investigate fish, crabs, mollusks, turtles, marine mammals and more.
Ocean Explorers 2
This multi-week program engages students in hand-on experiences, in such topics as sharks, whales, pollution, coral reefs and live intertidal animals from Long Island Sound.
(Activities are adjusted to be group-appropriate.)
Animal Adaptation Package
This multi-week series introduces students to animals and plants of Long Island Sound. Includes squid & fish dissections, sharks, intertidal habitats and microscope use.
Environmental Issues Package
This multi-week series focuses on such environmental issues as climate change, invasive species, water pollution, frogs and turtles.
This multiweek series utilizes your schoolyard as a classroom. Students investigate what plants and animals live there and the human impact on that environment.
Seashore Biodiversity Package
For schools within driving distance of a beach, this multi-week series focuses on Long Island Sound. Students are introduced to the animals and habitats of Long Island Sound, the scientific method and the collection of data.
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These programs get students out in nature, where they’ll practice developing their science-inquiry, literacy and numeracy skills. Please note special prices and times. For a Field Ecology program conducted at your site, adjacent free parking is required. Travel fees may apply. School must pay parking fees.
- Aquarium admission is optional.
- If you have more than 28 students, you must book multiple programs.
- The 7:1 student:chaperone ratio applies.
- Field Ecology programs are conducted only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather!
Grades K – 2
Visit to the Seashore
Students get out to the water’s edge for the excitement of being “in the field.” They’ll use their senses – plus some scientific sampling techniques – during a discovery tour looking for – and learning about – living and non-living things at the sandy shore, rocky shore and tidal marsh habitats. Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.
Grades 3 – 6
Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) Learn about the geological processes that helped create our tidal marshes, rocky shores and sandy beaches. Students use scientific equipment to collect animals and test water composition, then consider the changing habitats, varying needs and adaptations of animals living in these marine environments. Other topics include tides, invasive species and habitat conservation. 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.
The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.
The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.
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School Group Programs Available (All Grades)
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Multi-day and weeklong science immersions for children in grades pre-K – 8 that introduce them to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.
A hands-on exploration of science and inquiry for School Group visits.
The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.
This program encourages preschoolers, ages 2 to 5 years old, to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for them.
A series of free, hands-on events for school groups of all ages on a variety of topics. Check out the Drop-In events for the 2013-14 school year.
The LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest invites New York City students in grades K-8 to submit essays about their Museum visit to the LeFrak Family Gallery, where they can experience Whales: Giants of the Deep.
Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.
Classes for young children and their parents or caregivers about the wonders of science and nature.
Grades 8-12: Middle and high school laboratory experiences in comparative genomics, evolution, and the brain.