This month sees the return of one of New York City’s great treasures. At the American Museum of Natural History, the Allison and Roberto Mignon Halls of Gems and Minerals have been redesigned—refreshed. The new theme is evolution; specifically, how minerals have evolved over vast stretches of time. The new halls are airier, brighter, more modern, while the mysterious vibrancy of colored stones and minerals may remind you of that old Jules Verne movie Journey to the Center of the Earth. The exhibition includes giant garnets over a billion years old, and 2000 gems, carvings, and jeweled pieces. Meanwhile, don’t miss “Beautiful Creatures” in the temporary exhibition space. It features imaginative animal-themed jewelry made within the last 150 years. —L.J.
American Museum of Natural History 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, United States Get Directions »