On the first Wednesday of every month, this popular after-hours series brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening of cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field.




Frequent Geek Cards
Get your card stamped at the information table when you attend SciCafe.

  • Three stamps—get a free drink
  • Five stamps—get a free Frequent Geek T-shirt.
  • All nine stamps— and receive get two tickets to a special exhibition of your choice.
  • Bring three friends who are new to SciCafe to become a "SciCafe Ambassador”—an honor that comes with a free drink!

Show your SciCafe spirit! Best picture posted on social media using #AMNHSciCafe will be selected at the end of the evening to receive geeky giveaways.


The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston. 

Upcoming Offerings

side view of human skull with brain visible and wavelengths of light going across

Seeing Is Believing

April 4, 2018

Neuroscientist Marisa Carrasco explores how our minds process sensory inputs to make sense of the world around us and shape what we see.

close up of orangutans face eating a plant

Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution

June 6, 2018

Dr. Erin Vogel shares her research on wild orangutans from the tropical forests of Sumatra and Borneo, illuminating how the diet, behavior, and metabolism of our primate cousins can provide insights on human conditions.

Past Offerings

fossil of trilobite paradoxides gracilis

Trilobite Takedown

February 7, 2018

Join Assistant Curator Melanie Hopkins as she unlocks the early evolution of animals using trilobites as the key.

Brightly colored microscopic image of gut microbes.

SciCafe: The Power of Poop

January 3, 2018

Gastroenterologist Ari Grinspan talks about how to maintain gut health and the exciting future of fecal transplants.

Birds eye view of large field of green. at the center is lung shaped made half of a forest the other half of deforestation

Biodiversity and the Sixth Extinction

December 6, 2017

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.


Are We Alone in the Universe?

November 1, 2017

Astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger explores how we can use our own planet and its wide range of species as a Rosetta Stone to detect signs of life on exoplanets. 

Black bear standing on two legs reaching into a dumpster

Humans and Conflicts with Bears: Oh My!

October 4, 2017

Conservation scientist Rae Wynn-Grant offers insights into black bear behavior and ecology and shares tips on what humans can do to improve relations with our ursine neighbors.