Fascinating lectures, debates, events, and programs on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.

Upcoming Offerings

submarine in deep sea

Ocean Luminaries

March 2, 2018

This lively event, held under the blue whale, illuminates the cutting-edge in marine research and inspires wonder about the world’s oceans. 

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Neuroscience Night: Our Sensational Brain

March 15, 2018

Sold out - Join us in the lab for an evening exploring the biology behind our senses. Participate in activities, challenges, and experiments led by neuroscience researchers and educators.

Cartoon illustration of Sun orbiting the Earth

Sun-Earth Day

March 24, 2018

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. 

visualization of sun interacting with earth's magnetosphere

3D Sun-Earth Interaction

March 24, 2018

Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and NASA solar scientists Masha KuznetsovaLeila Mays, and Alex Young as they explain beautiful interactions between our Sun and Earth and the science behind them.

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Randy Cohen: Person Place Thing

March 29, 2018

Randy Cohen records an episode of his popular podcast Person, Place, Thing with two Museum scientists who conduct cutting-edge marine research.

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Earth Day

April 22, 2018

Celebrate the Earth with a dawn-to-dusk festival of art, science, and culture.

Identification Day

Identification Day

June 16, 2018

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

Past Offerings

LeFrak Theater

2018 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate

February 13, 2018

Sold out - Each year, the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate brings the finest minds in the world to the Museum to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery.

Last year's Hack the Stacks Winners

Hackathon: Hack the Deep

February 11, 2018

Discover innovative solutions to challenges in scientific computing at our fourth annual hackathon “demo day.”

Trex in Red Shadow

Dinos After Dark

February 1, 2018

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

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The Neuroscience of Illusion

December 5, 2017

Sold out - 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.