NMNH After Hours

National Museum of Natural History After Hours

 

Join us after hours at the National Museum of Natural History for engaging and provocative programs:

  • The signature series, "An Evening With...," features cutting-edge thought leaders in conversation with paleontologist and Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson.
  • The NMNH Film Series, "Natural History on the Big Screen," presents a curated selection of natural history-related films, followed by discussions with filmmakers and related experts.
  • The "Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans" series of discussions explores human impact on the environment, featuring scholars, artists, and others in an intimate conversational setting.
  • The "Beyond the Exhibition" series features the content, curators, and conversations inspiring new and developing exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History.

 

NOVEMBER

Monday, November 6, 2017 - Food Security: The Urban Food Hub Solution

Join us as Sabine O'Hara, Dean and Director of Landgrant Programs for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) explores the question: how do you maximize agriculture in a small urban space? Register.

  • Free, but registration required
  • Wheelchair accessible
Sabine O'Hara, a dean at the University of the District of Columbia

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - An Evening With Paul Watson: Solving an Arctic Mystery

We invite you to attend an evening with photographer and best-selling author Paul Watson, whose new book, Ice Ghosts, weaves together the spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history. He'll present this detective story, which resulted in the epic discovery of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, whose two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice. Later, in a conversation with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Watson will discuss this modern tale of the people behind the recent discoveries of the two ships, which made news around the world. Register.

  • Free, but registration required
  • Wheelchair accessible
Photographer and author Paul Watson in a red parka

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Teen Night Out @Natural History

Teens, come to the first-ever after-hours Teen Night Out, after the museum is closed! From 6:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m., Q?rius will transform into a party for Teens Only. There will be free food, a DJ, musical performances, hands-on science stations, and awesome opportunities to learn more about Youth Programs at the museum.

  • Free
  • Wheelchair accessible
Eight Youth Programs interns pose with Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Joshua A. Bell in front of a mounted specimen of polar bear.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Changing How We See the World

How can we change the world by changing how we see it? Join us for a night of innovation as four scientists from the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), together with the science winners of the 2017 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards, present on the new technologies, different scales of investigation, and fresh perspectives that are changing how we perceive the world and understand our place within it. Register.

  • Free
  • Wheelchair accessible
Elephant's head, close-up

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Natural History on the Big Screen: How to Survive a Plague

Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. How To Survive A Plague is the story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. After the film, Maiken Scott, host of WHYY’s science show The Pulse, will moderate a discussion focused on the current state of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Register.

  • Free, but registration required
  • Wheelchair accessible
Drawing of people holding hands.