6. Origami Tree at the American Museum of Natural History
You usually don’t want any bugs and critters on your Christmas tree, but the tree at the American Museum of Natural History is covered in them! The 13-foot Christmas tree is decorated with origami versions of specimens that you’ll find throughout the museum’s collections. There are over 1,000 pieces of origami!
In the 1970s, Museum entomologist Alice Gray began creating paper models of insects based on the Museum’s collections. Those models made their way onto a small holiday tree in one of the scientific offices, and a new tradition was born. You can spot iconic museum attractions like the Blue Whale, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Titanosaur hanging on the tree.