Events for December 2017

Now Open

Special Exhibit

Free With Museum Admission

A new must-see exhibit in the world-famous Fossil Halls. 

Now Open

Family and Childrens Programs

Free With Museum Admission

Through January 7, 2018

Special Exhibit

Get an up-close look at rarely-exhibited mummies.

June 24, 2017 - June 16, 2019

Special Exhibit

Explore the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health.

September 15, 2017–March 8, 2018

IMAX

See what it's like to fly like a bird!

October 7, 2017–May 28, 2018

Special Exhibit

Mingle with up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies.

Through June 18, 2018

Family and Childrens Programs

Free With Museum Admission

Science and culture for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers - each week highlights a topic in natural science or a cultural theme.

Through December 8, 2017

Courses and Workshops

In this five-part online course you will explore the history and basic biology of stem cells, learn about new research techniques, and find out how stem cells could lead to cures for diseases and to individualized medicine.

Through January 7, 2018

Family and Childrens Programs

Free With Museum Admission

An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Members Only Programs

Members Only

Join a Museum tour guide to learn how the Museum acquired some of its rarest and most beloved treasures. Travel back in time and across the globe with some of your favorite explorers to gain a deeper understanding of the Museum’s rich and storied history.

 

December 5, 2017

Special Events

Join master illusionist Apollo Robbins and neuroscientist Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde as we explore the limits of our own visual perception and learn the scientific secrets behind some of magic’s greatest tricks.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

After Hours Programs

Earth is losing biological diversity at an unprecedented rate. Curator Joel Cracraft presents the evidence, drawing from his experiences in Earth’s tropical forests, and outlines the difficult challenges ahead.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Family and Childrens Programs

Free With Museum Admission

Cephalopods like octopuses and squids have fascinated humans for millennia. Learn more about these marine marvels through performances, presentations, and live animal encounters at this family-friendly festival.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lectures and Talks

From gravitational raditation to X-ray binary star systems, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments to explain the fantastical properties of black holes, and how the same qualities that capture the public imagination inform today’s research.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

After Hours Programs

Prepare for your next journey around the Sun. Join Ted Williams and Irene Pease as they share the highlights of 2018, including celestial sights and constellations from January to December.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Special Events

Free With Museum Admission

Join us for the Museum’s 2017 Kwanzaa event with a live musical performance, an overview of the Kwanzaa principles, and marketplace that showcases local artisans from the African-American community.