NMNH After Hours
Programs for Adults
The National Museum of Natural History offers events for adults to connect with leading scientists, filmmakers, authors, artists, and each other. Experience access to our collections and exhibits through lectures, conversations, films, and more, both at the museum and online.
Fall-Winter 2022 Event Series
Join us for lively discussions featuring a wide array of books that explore the natural world.
We’re partnering with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to bring titles to life through in-person events with experts and authors that make connections between the District of Columbia Public Library’s catalog and NMNH’s collections and exhibits.
HOT (Human Origins Today) Topics
Our virtual "HOT Topic" programs discuss cutting-edge scientific discoveries and topics of broader interest related to NMNH’s David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the intersection of the science of human evolution and societal issues. These programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Smithsonian scientist and educator Briana Pobiner.
- Thursday, December 15, 2022: The Latest Genetic and Archaeological Evidence for the Peopling of the Americas
In the Pandemic’s Wake: Social Change and Reflection with Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders
The COVID-19 pandemic magnified social, economic, and environmental issues that were once out of focus. Among the communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities faced severe challenges that continue to leave a lasting impact today.
At this critical moment, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center are teaming up for a virtual three-part series to reckon with and reflect on these challenges and highlight the intricate relationship between humans and nature, and with each other, to enact community wellbeing, environmental justice, and social change.
- Tuesday, December 13, 2022: Embracing Many Ways of Knowing to Inform Action
Videos of Previous Programs
- October 18, 2022: "Fight the Virus, NOT the People"
- Thursday, November 17, 2022: Artists in a Pandemic Landscape (video coming soon)
Our virtual "Shared Planet, Shared Health" programs spotlight leading research on the interconnection between humans, nonhuman animals, plants, and their shared environment.
These programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
- Wednesday, December 14, 2022: Ferrets Back from the Brink
Videos of Previous Programs
- October 12, 2022: Monkeypox: Old Foe, New Movements
- November 9, 2022: Superbugs, Antimicrobial Resistance, the Environment, and You
Other Event Series
Complete Event Calendar: See all upcoming events.
Since March 2020, we have produced dozens of After Hours Programs for Adults in video webinar format. Visit the museum's video webinar archives to find videos of our past programs.