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. 

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Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

February 16, 2017

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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Family Game Night

March 14, 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.

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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. 

Past Offerings

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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.

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Dinos After Dark

December 16, 2016

SOLD OUT - Go back in time for a prehistoric party amongst the Museum’s celebrated dinosaur halls.

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Hackathon: Hack the Stacks

November 20, 2016

Discover how programmers, librarians, and archivists worked together to mine the Museum’s library data, unlocking new ways to visualize and understand the Museum Library’s collections. Hear first-hand accounts from the data trenches, and find out what hackers can really create in 24 hours.