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

Upcoming Offerings

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The Neuroscience of Illusion

December 5, 2017

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.

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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. 

Past Offerings

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Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

September 23, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Join Rhoda as she hunts for missing fossils throughout the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs in an opera by composer John Musto based on Charles R. Knight.

Voyager spacecraft in space

Special Screening: The Farthest—Voyager in Space

August 9, 2017

Sold out - Join us for a screening of PBS’s upcoming special The FarthestVoyager in Space. A conversation with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco and Neil deGrasse Tyson follows.

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!

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New Science New Solutions: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

May 18, 2017

Sold out - Whether caused by natural diseases or bioterrorism, pandemics represent a real threat to public health and security. Are we ready? From “zombie task forces” to rapid response training, how will our cities prepare for the next pandemic?