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The Nature of Color

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  • Mar. 09, 2020 through Mar. 31, 2020, See website for days and times
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • 200 Central Park W., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • Free with Museum admission ($23 adults; $13 children)

Color is woven so tightly into our lives that we rarely stop to question what it is and how it works. Where do the colors in diamonds and rainbows come from? How have some animals benefited by evolving to stand out while others blend in? Why do some colors make us happy while others make us, well, blue? How did pink come to be associated with femininity in Western culture after centuries of being considered suitable for all? 


The new exhibition The Nature of Color reveals how color carries information both in nature and across cultures. Discover how color is used in the natural world to help organisms survive and reproduce and how humans use it in various cultures to signal social status, group affiliation, and more. Featuring intricate models, cultural objects, and interactive exhibits that will engage the entire family, this immersive exhibition will offer opportunities to connect with color through experimentation and play, including dancing with color shadows, mixing and splitting different colors of light in a Color Lab, and even creating collaborative artworks. 

About The American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park W.

Upper West Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Daily, 10am-5:45pm
  • Stroller parking: Yes
  • Stroller check: Yes
  • Bring food: Yes
  • Buy food: Yes
  • Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
  • Family bathroom: Yes

  • 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.