Things to Do American Museum of Natural History’s Cuba exhibit explores culture, biodiversity By Meredith Deliso firstname.lastname@example.org Updated November 20, 2016 2:33 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email For its latest blockbuster, the American Museum of Natural History is transporting visitors to Cuba. The enthusiastically named “¡Cuba!,” opening Nov. 21, explores the culture and biodiversity of the nation just 94 miles from Florida’s shores. In collaboration with the Cuban National Museum of Natural History, the timely show comes on the heels of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Caribbean island, sparking curiosity about the Cuban experience today. Throughout the bilingual exhibition, which offers text in both English and Spanish, visitors can learn about Cuba’s people, religion and art, as well as its biological diversity and what makes it unique (fun fact: the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, calls Cuba home). If you go: “¡Cuba!” is at the American Museum of Natural History Nov. 21 through Aug. 13, 2017, timed entry only | must purchase General Admission + One ($27/adults, $22/seniors and students, $16/ages 2-12) or SuperSaver Admission ($35/adults, $28 seniors and students, $22 ages 2-12) | Central Park West at 79th Street, amnh.org Here are some of the highlights: Live animals Photo Credit: AMNH / Roderick Mickens Real live lizards, boas and frogs populate the exhibition, alongside lifelike models of other distinct wildlife, in a section on Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, one of the most biologically diverse island sites on the planet. Coral reef Photo Credit: Charles Eckert Cuba's shore is home to the largest marine reserve in the Caribbean. A coral reef diorama brings this ecosystem to life, from hawksbill turtles to spotted eagle rays. Zapata wetlands Photo Credit: AMNH / D. Finnin One of the largest and significant wetlands is on the southwest side of Cuba. A reconstruction of this reserve highlights the wetlands wildlife, including the endangered Cuban crocodile. Interactive art gallery Photo Credit: Charles Eckert Visitors can project paintings and sculptures by contemporary Cuban artists in the exhibition's art room, as well as see a collection of posters made in the last decade. Interactive tables Photo Credit: Charles Eckert Sit-down tables that display models of Cuban food, information on Cuban baseball and domino sets allow visitors to learn about the culture in an interactive way. By Meredith Deliso email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.