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.

Identification Day

Identification Day

May 6, 2017

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

petri dish with culture of bacteria

New Science New Solutions: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

May 18, 2017

Whether tracking the effect of climate change on the reach of mosquito-born illnesses, discovering new diseases, or preparing for a zombie outbreak, cutting-edge research illuminates how we will survive the next pandemic.

Detail view of the layers of the headdress made from papyrus and linen, topped with a gold-painted face.

Mummy Knows Best: Trivia Night at the Museum

June 2, 2017

Unwrap an evening of mystery and celebrate the American Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibition—Mummies. Tackle trivia questions and physical challenges with a drink in hand!

Past Offerings

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.

Cartoon graphic of engaging family activities including microscope, mancala, and painting

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.

Cartoon illustration of Sun orbiting the Earth

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. 

Cuban Flag in Doorway

Cuba: Threads of Change

March 9, 2017

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