Spooky, Scary, and Silly TED Talks for Museum Professionals

Carly Syms

VIP + Marketing Manager

We love this time of year – when Halloween is just around the corner, and thoughts of ghosts and skeletons and costumes supersede such silly notions of pumpkin lattes and sweater weather. We get serious about scary – whether it’s nerding out over historic ghost stories or dressing up for the part, these TED Talks resonate with our love of science and storytelling and all things spooky.  


The Magnificence of Spider Silk

Spiders are feared by many, but are amazing creatures to study. Cheryl Hayashi shows how spider silk has evolved. Did you know that there are different kinds of spider silk used for different purposes? Creepy or not, you’ll never look at these arachnids the same again.

Throw-back! Remember when AMNH featured the 11-by-4-foot tapestry made completely of spider silk? We loved seeing art & science collide in that exhibit form 2009 – read about it here!  

My Love Letter To Cosplay

Costumes aren’t just for kids. Myth Buster’s Adam Savage reveals his passion for costuming, from his childhood days to modern Comic-Con, and why it’s so important for us to reveal ourselves through dress-up and make-believe.

Hunting For Dinosaurs Showed Me Our Place In The Universe

What would happen if the dinosaurs knew that tiny mammals that once scurried away in fear, would one day evolve to excavate and study them long after their reign on Earth? Reimagine how this Jurassic world would differ, if we were to co-exist with some of the most terrifying animals to have ever roamed the planet. Clever girl.


Dino-bonus! Shake up your weekend routine with a RAWR-some tour at AMNH after learning about Dreadnoughtus!


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