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Have fun, meet others, and explore the issues of our time through our science and cultural programming. 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.

Historic flu epidemic

The Science of Flu: 100 years of Fighting a Drifting, Shifting Virus

Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

FREE ticketed event

Wheelchair accessible

Join us for an interactive evening commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Hear about the history of the flu, see our collection of flu-carrying birds, participate in activities illustrating the spread of infectious disease, learn how vaccines are developed, and hear from health experts and scientists on what can be done to address the challenges of the flu and other viral illness threatening public health today.

This program is one of a series of programs related to the new exhibit, "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World," which will open May 18, 2018 at the National Museum of Natural History.

Location: National Museum of Natural History

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Paleoclimate: Digging into the Past to Chart our Future

Thursday, March 29, 6:45 - 8:30 PM

FREE ticketed event

Assisted listening devices, wheelchair accessible

As human activities drive Earth’s rapidly changing climate, there is an urgent need to build better models that help us predict and prepare for our future. These models need robust data that stretch far back in time. Enter: the fossil record. Join us for an evening with two renowned researchers — Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, and Gavin Schmidt, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies — as they talk about their exciting work weaving together paleoclimate data and computer models to understand the future. Following their talks, Rachel Gross, a science editor at, will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A.

This program is part of the National Museum of Natural History’s Earth’s Temperature History & Future Symposium, March 29-31, 2018. Support provided by Roland and Debra Sauermann.

Location: Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

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