2013 Origami Holiday Tree Dates:
- Tree Goes Up: November 25, 2013
- Tree Comes Down: January 12, 2014
Origami Holiday Tree Basics:
The Origami Holiday Tree is located inside the American Museum of Natural History, which is located at 81st Street and Central Park West. See Upper West Side Map.
Closest Subways: Take the B (weekdays only) or C to 81st Street. Two blocks west of the Museum, the 1 stops at Broadway and West 79th Street
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)
Photos: Pictures of the 2005 Origami Holiday Tree
About the Origami Holiday Tree:
The Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for over 30 years.
"Wicked, Wild and Wonderful" is the theme for the 2013 tree, inspired by the "The Power of Poison" exhibit.
The theme for the 2012 tree was "Museum Collections" with 500 origami animals adorning the tree, each in groups.
The theme for the 2011 tree is "The Biggest & The Best" -- paying tribute to the Museum's superlative displays, including the blue whale, "The Worlds Largest Dinosaurs" exhibit, and origami space shuttles in honor of the new "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" exhibit.
The theme for the 2011 tree was "Discovery", with ornaments that evoke a dinosaur dig, the Museum’s exhibition Race to the End of the Earth, and the 10th anniversary of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
The theme of the 2009 tree was "Origami, A to Z", featuring a colorful paper-shaped alphabet soup. The 13-foot tree will be covered with letters and a corresponding object: an A and an Apatosaurus, a B and a butterfly, a C and a chimpanzee, an F and a frog, an M and a mastodon, an S and a saber tooth tiger, and a T and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The volunteers begin folding in July to complete approximately 500 creations displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.