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.
Current 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. These hour-long programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Smithsonian scientist and educator Briana Pobiner.
- Thursday, September 21, 2023: From Ancient Teosinte to Modern Corn: The Domestication of Plants and People
- Thursday, October 12, 2023: (Rescheduled from March 2023)
Less Is More: The Inclusion of Small Game in Ancient Human Diets
Shared Planet, Shared Health
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.
Complete Event Calendar: See all upcoming events.
In Case You Missed It
Videos of Past 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.