An annual feature of the American Museum of Natural History, the delightfully-decorated Origami Holiday Tree is opening to the public throughout the season.

As a celebration of the Museum tradition that started in the early 1970s, the theme of the 13-foot tree is Gems of the Museum, featuring 50 specially created gold-colored models for the “golden anniversary” 50th Origami Holiday Tree. Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be models of dazzling specimens from the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, jaw-some pieces inspired by the new special exhibition Sharks, and those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale, Titanosaur, and T. rex.

Origami first arrived at the Museum when entomologist Alice Gray became interested in creating paper models of the insects in the Museum’s collections. Gray created scores of paper insects, which wound up decorating a small holiday tree in one of the scientific offices. The Origami Holiday Tree at the Museum – created by OrigamiUSA – has since become an annual tradition, beloved by visitors who see it each holiday season.

WHERE          The Origami Holiday Tree is located in the Grand Gallery.

NOTE  Images are available to accompany this listing. Please contact Scott Rohan at 212-769-5973 or srohan@amnh.org for details.

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