Natural History Museums

Ocean Luminaries

Dive into the latest ocean research, technology, and conservation efforts in an evening of lively talks with the brightest minds in marine …

Oceans

These ‘assassin’ spiders impale other spiders and watch them die

Spiders are horrific creatures. Most of them are tiny and easy to deal with, yet they’re so scary. Spiders are just as afraid of you as you are of …

Lifestyle

More sky puppies! Scientists discover two new species of dog-faced bat

Flitting swiftly through the darkness above the tropical forest canopy in Central and South America, a group of cute little bats with dog-like faces …

Biological Species

New York City to move one controversial monument, while others remain

After a 90-day review, a New York City commission formed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to decide the fate of statues, monuments and street names connected …

Art

In Trump’s Immigration Remarks, Echoes of a Century-Old Racial Ranking

The argument was genteel, the tone judicious, the meaning plain: America, wrote the senator leading Congress’s push for immigration reform in 1924, was beginning to “smart under the irritation” of immigrants who “speak a foreign language and live a foreign life.”<p>The year before, things had been …

U.S. Politics

National Museum of Natural History

<i>Image credit: Smithsonian.</i><p>Researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. need your help to track climate …

Smithsonian

18 new species of spider-eating spiders discovered

Eighteen new species of Madagascan spiders have been discovered, a report published on January 11 in the science journal <i>Zookeys</i> reveals.<p>Dr. Hannah …

Biological Species

New York City to keep Christopher Columbus statue after 'hate' review

New York will keep its famed but controversial statue of Christopher Columbus following a review of "symbols of hate," as the United States debates …

Christopher Columbus

Discovery of Extinct Burrowing Bat Tells Mysterious Story About New Zealand

All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of …

Evolution

New York City to Keep Columbus Statue, Build Monument Honoring Indigenous People

New York City announced that it will keep the Christopher Columbus statue on the Upper West Side and create a new monument to recognize Indigenous …

New York City Politics

Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a whiff of horror about PEN America's new Literary Service Award winner — it's Stephen King.<p>The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The …

American Museum of Natural History

Half-Measures Won’t Erase the Painful Past of Our Monuments

We live in a culture of digital now-ness, twitter-surfing, trivia bingeing — which has become a culture of not-knowing history. I became acutely aware of the imbalance at the time of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August. Suddenly, there history was — an old history of …

Robert E. Lee

NYC Decides Not to Tear Down Controversial Monuments But Will Add Historical Markers Instead

Politics<p>One statue will be relocated and the city will commission a new monument for indigenous people.<p>,<p>When it comes to tearing down controversial …

Bill de Blasio

Pelican Spiders Are the Weirdest-Looking Assassins You'll Ever See

Once upon a time, 165 million years ago, there lived a spider who looked like a pelican. About the size of a grain of rice and just as quiet, the …

Animals

Madagascar's Ancient 'Pelican Spiders' Are As Striking As They Are Strange

Evolution

In images: Early 20th century Tibet and Burma, as seen by a pioneering female photographer

Although often overshadowed by her more famous husband, Yvette Borup Andrews’s photos stand today as a contribution to early visual anthropology.<p>When …

American Museum of Natural History

Newly Discovered Cannibalistic Spider Totally Looks Like... a Pelican

What the heck?<p>It used to be thought extinct - but this week researchers have announced the discovery of a whopping 18 new-to-science pelican spiders …

Biological Species

Museum Tech For The Ages

Walk with dinosaurs. Fly to Mars. Discover ancient cultures. A visit to the museum brings nearly endless opportunities to experience our universe. Worlds from the past, present and future are brought to life with the help of time-perfected practices and groundbreaking technology.<p>So, how do they …

Van Gogh Museum

Giant Burrowing Bat Roamed New Zealand Millions Of Years Ago, Fossil Remains Reveal

It’s the stuff nightmares are made of: a giant, foraging, scurrying bat roaming through the forests of New Zealand (where else?). Turns out, that …

Paleontology

Would a better-late-than-never Black Widow movie be able to succeed?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Scarlett Johansson attends the American Museum Of Natural History's 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural …

Comics

If Dinosaurs Were Physicists: Thoughts About History and Time

Does physics stand outside the parade of years? Could features of the future affect the present?<p>This Christmas holiday, four generations of my family converged at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I’d been there just a handful of times since childhood, so it seemed familiar, but …

Physics

Pterosaurs | Cleveland Museum of Natural History

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of your hand. Millions of years ago, …

Dinosaurs

Wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award - in pictures

The Natural History Museum has chosen 24 of the best images from its Wildlife photographer of the year competition shortlist. Members of the public can vote for their favourite by 5 February 2018<p><b>‘</b>Luciano had to climb the cecropia tree, in the protected Atlantic rainforest of southern Bahia, Brazil, …

Nature Photography

Pense à remercier les paresseux géants quand tu manges un avocat

<b>La magie de la nature.</b><p>Next time you eat guacamole, thank a giant ground sloth: the Lestodon! These 15-ft animals ate avocado whole, traveled, and …

Cuisine

Lake Michigan waterfowl botulism deaths linked to warm waters, algae

Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of birds living on the Great Lakes have died during periodic outbreaks of botulism. The outbreaks have only become …

Science

New Natural History Museum Exhibit Explores 'Unseen Oceans'

Highlights include true-to-scale animations of ocean giants, live marine animals and a virtual submersible ride.<p>UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — The Earth's …

New York City

Live Text Chat with Fossil Preparator Michelle Pinsdorf

SCIENCE EDUCATION AT THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY<p><i>Bringing the Museum’s collections, scientists, and research out from behind</i> …

Smithsonian

National Museum of Natural History: Sunlit showcase of Philippine biodiversity

The Philippines is touted as a world hotspot for flora and fauna biodiversity. The new National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is a fitting venue …

Natural History

The climate change misinformation at a top museum is not a conservative conspiracy

A sign at the American Museum of Natural History has outdated information about climate change<p>Over the weekend, Twitter users — including some climate scientists — were upset by a plaque at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, which seems to be spreading misinformation about …

Museums

Eighty percent of all known bioluminescent groups inhabit the world’s oceans. At certain...

Eighty percent of all known bioluminescent groups inhabit the world’s oceans. At certain depths, nearly all organisms glow. On land, things are quite …

Natural History