Patrons Circle

Science-at-Work Series 2017–2018

The Science-at-Work series invites Patrons to visit the Museum after-hours and explore its inner workings with Museum experts as your guides. Programs showcase specific projects within the broad scope of the Museum’s work in science, education, and exhibition and feature relevant behind-the-scenes access to our world-renowned collections, active laboratories, classrooms, and work spaces. Museum scientists, educators, and leadership host presentations and tours—and invite you to continue the conversation over cocktails. 

Available at and above the Naturalist ($3,500) level. Patrons at the Naturalist, Family Scientist, and Explorer levels may attend one of the following events. Patrons at and above the Curator level may attend two of the following events.

Invitations will follow. RSVP via or 212-769-5153.

Human Microbiome

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 6–7:30 pm

Delve into the rapidly evolving science of the human microbiome with Curator Susan Perkins, who will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of laboratory spaces in the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. A cocktail reception will follow in the Akeley Gallery, where the current exhibit Inside You introduces you to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us.

Northwest Coast Artifacts and Hall Tour

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 6–7:30 pm

Join Curator Peter Whiteley for a behind-the-scenes tour of Northwest Coast artifacts in our Anthropology Collections. Then, explore the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians—the Museum’s oldest hall—with Curator Whiteley as your guide. A cocktail reception will follow.

Invertebrate Paleontology

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 6–7:30 pm

Curators Neil Landman and Melanie Hopkins invite you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Invertebrate Paleontology collections, which include iridescent ammonites, ancient corals, and complex trilobites spanning the globe from Morocco to Madagascar. A cocktail reception will follow.

Cosmic Perspective

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 6–7:30 pm

Enjoy an exclusive evening with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, who will give a talk on the Cosmic Perspective over cocktails.