What is color? How does it work? Why do diamonds look they way they do? Do some colors really make us sad? Why do animals use color to blend in, or stand out? Why is pink considered a color for girls? These and other heavy questions are addressed by "The Nature of Color," a new exhibition opening at the American Museum of Natural History this March.
This family-friendly show features interactive exhibits that invite kids to play and experiment with the science of colors. You can go into an immersive color-changing room that responds to movement, explore a light lab, play an interactive game show and more.
You can spend some quality time with some creatures that use coloration for survival: the leaf-tailed gecko, which looks like dried leaves and tree bark; the golden poison frog, which is one of the most colorful things on Earth; and iridescent blue beetles, which look like they’re lit from within.
"The Nature of Color" will open to the public on Monday, Mar 9. Museum Members will be able to preview the exhibition starting on Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8.
While you’re visiting, be sure to check out “Worlds Beyond Earth,” the space show at the Hayden Planetarium that premiered in January.
There’s a reason why the Museum of Natural History is so popular when these colder weeks roll into town. An afternoon in the castle-like complex exhibition halls is one of the best winter activities for kids in NYC, and one of the best indoor activities for kids anywhere.
Be sure to have a look at our other favorite kids' museums in NYC, too!