NMNH After Hours
Evening and Weekend Programs
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.
NMNH After Hours programs include:
Beyond the Exhibition
This series features the content, curators, and conversations inspiring new and developing exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History.
Thursday, August 29, 2019: Measles at the Intersection of Science and Society - Join us as we look at measles outbreaks from a variety of perspectives on the disease, the vaccine, and the communities making decisions about their children's health. Experts from historical, cultural, and medical fields will weave together the science of measles with the science of human behavior in a program that gives a balanced account of the challenges and approaches to managing the disease. This program is related to the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World.
Monday, September 16, 2019: Unsung Heroes of the Microbial World - What do salamander skin, gorilla milk, and the stomachs of birds all have in common? All are home to multitudes of beneficial microorganisms. Microbes often get a bad rap for the many diseases they cause, when in fact those that cause disease make up less than 1% of all microbial life on Earth. Smithsonian scientists are describing the rich microbial biodiversity of the world and uncovering the profound impacts that beneficial microbes have on wildlife. This program highlights some of their discoveries and how this new knowledge is changing the way we think about life on Earth. Join us to learn more about the unseen and unsung heroes of the microbial world. This program is offered in collaboration with the Interconnected Health Initiative as part of a series related to the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, at the National Museum of Natural History.
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.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019: An Evening With Carl Zimmer: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity - In his latest book, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer explores how our understanding of heredity not only impacts future generations, but the future of the planet. In conversation with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Zimmer will discuss his profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity will be available for purchase and signing after the program.
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.
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.