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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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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The Lost City of the Monkey God

January 18, 2017

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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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.

Past Offerings

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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.

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From the Field

November 16, 2016

Join Museum Curators Melanie Hopkins and Mark Siddall as they share stories from their most recent adventures and discuss highlights from their research.


Yes, Humans Are Causing Earthquakes

November 10, 2016

Join Dr. Justin Rubinstein, deputy chief of the Induced Seismicity Project at the United States Geological Survey, as he discusses this new breed of human-caused earthquakes.

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The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

November 7, 2016

Robert Peck, author of the new, illustrated book The Natural History of Edward Lear, discusses the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children’s writer, and why he abruptly and mysteriously abandoned his scientific work.