Microscopy Fun at the American Museum of Natural History

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Date(s) - 01/27/2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

American Museum of Natural History


Exploring Microscopic Worlds at the American Museum of Natural History

A NYMS Members Meeting, and as always it’s open to the public!

Plankton B  FSD 2017 B

There has been serious fun with microscopy at the Museum over the past year!

AMNH Dept of Education staff, incl. our meeting leader NYMS Board of Managers member Jay Holmes,  work with a wide variety of audiences, from City Librarians to secondary school science teachers, to family groups with young children. From a couple of students in a “Making” environment to 1200 people for a family event. These various programs involve  a variety of microscopes, tools, and objects to observe.

Join Jay, his colleagues, their students, and NYMS members, at the Museum for a sampling of some of these activities. It’s a great opportunity to think about opportunities for NYMS outreach and perhaps brainstorm some new ways to share our love of the smaller things in life with people of all ages.

The day will open with  a short presentation, then move on to hands-on stations around:

– students making microscopes from glass, brass, and wood

Alice Polishing Clay sawing, J Holmes pic   Lilly's scope, J Holmes pic

– Darwin’s microscopy on the Beagle and at Down House

– fun tools and objects used with family engagement activities.

  • Jay Holmes
  • And a “Meet NYMS!” table.


Meeting Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018


1:00 PM Doors open

1:20 – 3:20 PM Presentation,  hands-on activities, and Meet NYMS!


American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West between 77th and 79th Sts., NYC

Davis Classroom East, on Second floor

Enter free through the Main Security Entrance below the main entry’s stairs on Central Park West–MUST mention “New York Microscopical Society / Education Department meeting in Davis Classroom East.” At other entries you will have to pay admission.

Click to download pdf flier with building map, or a street map:

2018 1 27 NYMS AMNH event flier w map

AMNH on NYC street map



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