NMNH After Hours
Programs for Adults
Evening and Weekend Programs
As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or cancelling all large public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. Please consult our calendar of events, museum websites, and si.edu for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding.
Have fun, meet others, and explore the issues of our time through our science and cultural programming offered on evenings and weekends. Our After Hours events give you access to scientists, filmmakers, authors, and innovators seeking to better understand the natural world and our place in it. After Hours events are designed for adults, but all are welcome.
NMNH After Hours programs include:
Natural History on the Big Screen
This film series presents a curated selection of natural history-related films, followed by discussions with filmmakers and related experts.
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital has canceled all of its events from March 12-22. For more updates from the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital please visit dceff.org.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. –
CANCELED – The Environmental Film Festival Has Canceled “Etched in Bone”
Jacob Nayinggul, an Aboriginal elder from Arnhem Land in northern Australia, knows that bones of his ancestors were stolen by scientists in 1948. For sixty years they were held by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC as part of a large collection of human anatomy. When the Smithsonian finally agrees to repatriate the bones, Jacob Nayinggul creates a new form of ceremony. Wrapped in paperbark, the stolen bones—and with them the ancestors' spirits—are welcomed home and put to sleep in the land where they were born.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. –
CANCELED – The Environmental Film Festival Has Canceled "Fantastic Fungi"
This consciousness-shifting film takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, which houses an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Well, and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence, and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.
Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. –
CANCELED – The Environmental Film Festival Has Canceled "The Love Bugs"
Over the course of 60 years, two married entomologists traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world's largest private collection of insects, with more than one million specimens. But as they grapple with Parkinson's and their twilight years, these two soulmates—married for 55 years—decide to give the collection away.
This humorous and poignant documentary explores the love of nature—and the nature of love—and what it means to devote oneself completely to both.
Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. –
CANCELED – The Environmental Film Festival Has Canceled "The Serengeti Rules"
Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth-from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life.
Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.
Friday, March 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. – CANCELED – The Environmental Film Festival Has Canceled "Dispatches from the Gulf 3 - Ten Years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"
The National Museum of Natural History and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) invite you to the world premiere of a Marilyn and Hal Weiner documentary, Dispatches from the Gulf 3: Ten Years After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, narrated by Matt Damon.
Presented as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Dispatches 3 explores the last decade since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to answer the question: has the Gulf of Mexico recovered?
Beyond the Exhibition
This series features the content, curators, and conversations inspiring new and developing exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History.
Monday, March 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. - Evolve or Perish Game Night - POSTPONED: Would you have survived the Cretaceous? Take a trip back in deep time and test your survival skills during a game night next to the Meg — our 52-foot-long, life-sized megalodon shark model hanging above the Ocean Terrace Café. Paleontologists and experts will be there to chat and answer questions as you enjoy fossil-themed cocktails, food you'll dig, and games that challenge your ability to adapt in the game of life over time!
Cost: $15 ticket cost will be refunded.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Experiments in Being Human: Recent Discoveries in Our Own Evolution - POSTPONED: Human evolution is one of the most vibrant fields of scientific research, with multiple newsworthy finds reported every year. Join us for an evening with three renowned paleoanthropologists as they share some of the most significant discoveries of fossil remains, archaeological artifacts, and genomics over the last decade that have added to our understanding of human origins.
An Evening With
This signature series features cutting-edge thought leaders in conversation with paleontologist and Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson.
Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans
This discussion series explores human impact on the environment, featuring scholars, artists, and others in an intimate conversational setting.
Exploring the Arctic
These programs explore the cultures and natural history of the north.
Unique offerings that are not part of a series.