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

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Thunder & Lightning Redniss

THUNDER & LIGHTNING: Weather Past, Present, Future

October 29, 2015

Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie debuts her new title. Developed while she was an artist in residence at the Museum, Thunder & Lighting: Weather, Past, Present, Future brings her unique style to a journey from the driest desert on Earth to an island in the Arctic and beyond.


The Global Surge of Earthquakes

November 12, 2015

Join Dr. Thorne Lay as he discusses how analysis of these earthquakes forced researchers to revise longstanding ideas about the behavior of the Earth beneath our feet. 

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A Natural History of Wine

November 17, 2015

Join Museum Curator Emeritus Ian Tattersall and Curator Rob DeSalle as they weave together their respective fields—paleoanthropology and molecular biology—in an exciting journey through the world of wine.

Telescope Party

Winter Telescope Party

December 21, 2015

Join Steve Beyer and Ted Williams for a sneak peek at the celestial objects that will appear in our winter sky. 

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Artist in Residence: Haida Manga in the Museum

October 1, 2015 - October 3, 2015

Experience the Museum’s historic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians in a new way as Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas brings iconic Pacific Northwest Coast art to life through stories, illustrated books, animated films, and interactive artwork.

Breakfast at Pluto

Breakfast at Pluto

July 14, 2015

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft speeds towards Pluto, celebrate this historic flyby of the distant dwarf planet at this special event featuring a live viewing of accurate-to-the-second scientific visualizations and running commentary from New Horizons mission control.

Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack

June 9, 2015

In his new book, The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, paleoanthropologist and American Museum of Natural History curator Ian Tattersall argues that a long tradition of “human exceptionalism” in paleoanthropology has distorted the picture of evolution. 

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