Fascinating lectures, debates, events, and programs on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.

Upcoming Offerings

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Coast Cultures

Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures

We invite visitors to experience the cultures represented in the iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians through a series of live activities guided by Museum volunteers. 


What Are You Made Of?

Join a groundbreaking new project to help scientists understand how microbes contribute to human health.

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Family Game Night

March 31, 2017

Join us after hours for an exclusive evening of family fun featuring interactive digital and physical games that challenge, entertain, and tease your brain.

Wave VS Moon

Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Space

April 13, 2017

Explore the merits of sea vs. space across a range of judging categories with aquanaut Fabien Cousteau and astronauts Mike Massimino and Don Pettit.

Identification Day

Identification Day

May 6, 2017

Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and artifacts to the annual Identification Day.

Past Offerings

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Sun-Earth Day

March 18, 2017

Explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. 

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Cuba: Threads of Change

March 9, 2017

Join a conversation that explores Cuba’s remarkable biodiversity and its changing relationship with the United States. 

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Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

February 16, 2017

Sold out - Museum Research Associate Bill Schutt explains new research about this widespread behavior, such as how the practice might be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals, why so many fish eat their young, and even when sexual cannibalism can be an evolutionary advantage.

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The Lost City of the Monkey God

January 18, 2017

Sold out - Bestselling author Douglas Preston discusses his ventures deep into the Honduran jungle in a riveting, non-fiction narrative about the unearthing of an ancient lost civilization, while he provides a rich tapestry of historical, economic, social, political, and environmental context for the discovery.