As part of the American Museum of Natural History tradition, the decorated origami holiday tree is open to the public.
The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Cranes and Colors, featuring one thousand brilliantly colored origami cranes presented as symbols of peace and good wishes as New York continues to endure the many challenges posed by COVID-19. The theme also draws inspiration from The Nature of Color, the Museum’s special exhibition that explores color in the natural world and in ourselves. The tree — which is the 49th Origami Holiday Tree, continuing a tradition that began in the 1970s — also features hundreds of other models, including a remarkably detailed T. rex tree topper and a single Where’s Waldo?-inspired crane, complete with glasses.
Throughout the season, the Museum will also be hosting a series of virtual origami folding tutorials, with the first taking place on December 3 at 2 p.m. EST. Talo Kawasaki, one the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree designers, will be teaching viewers how to fold a swimming koi fish. Additional sessions are taking place on December 8 and 15 with details to be announced on amnh.org.
Attendance in the Museum continues to be limited to 25% of normal capacity to allow ample room for physical distancing, providing a unique, intimate opportunity for visitors to view the Origami Holiday Tree and to reacquaint themselves such beloved Museum icons as the blue whale, T. rex or The Titanosaur. Advance ticket reservations are required and are available now on amnh.org or through the Museum’s Explorer app.