For nearly 30 years, the lighting of the American Museum of Natural
History's Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season
for Museum staff and visitors. The striking 14-foot-high tree is decorated
with more than 1,000 brightly colored, intricately folded paper decorations
representing objects and specimens in the Museum's collection. A bountiful array of origami dinosaurs is displayed beneath the tree.
The Museum's origami tradition began when the late Alice Gray, a curator in
the Department of Entomology, decorated a three-foot tree in her office
with origami insects. The popularity of origami as well as the size of
the tree has grown steadily over the years.
On view from Thanksgiving until mid-January in the Theodore
Roosevelt Memorial Hall, first floor. Please enter via the first
floor security entrance under the main stairs on Central Park West at
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