An annual tradition for this 49th tree, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree marks the start of the holiday season at the Museum. The theme of this year’s tree is Cranes and Colors, highlighting a special exhibition on The Nature of Color, as well as celebrating the AMNH’s 150th anniversary. A rainbow of 1,000 cranes is displayed on and around the tree as a symbol of hope, peace and best wishes. Creations on the tree were made by volunteers from around the US and the world.

Even though there are no Annual Gifts nor Teaching Tables this year, you can still see the tree in person Wednesday through Sunday safely by way of advance tickets sales and the museum’s social distancing efforts. See directions to the AMNH.

Our tree designers, Ros Joyce and Talo Kawasaki, also want to thank all of the many, many volunteers for their amazing artistry and time, as well as the staff of OrigamiUSA and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City who make this annual tradition possible.

Videos of Talo Kawasaki teaching at the Tree will be available on the AMNH Facebook page during the holidays. OrigamiUSA’s social media team will be coordinating with the AMNH. Please follow us on Facebook to see these videos as they become available.

See more information about the Origami Holiday Tree and photos from previous years.