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National Museum of Natural History


Oct
15 Tue
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An Evening With Paleoartist Jay Matternes: Visions of Lost Worlds

Washington, DC
United States
Doors at 6:15 PM, Show at 6:45 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $5.00

TICKET SALE DATES
RESERVATION Public Onsale: September 24, 2019 1:15 PM to October 15, 2019 6:45 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Join Sant Director Kirk Johnson and Curator of Dinosauria Matthew Carrano, co-authors of "Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes," for a deep look into the world of fossil art. They will discuss the artwork of Jay Matternes that adorned the fossil halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for more than four decades.



Six treasured murals document mammal evolution over the past 56 million years, while three dioramas show dinosaurs in their Mesozoic-Era ecosystems. Together they are significant works from one of the most influential paleoartists in history. They inspired generations of paleoartists - and paleontologists, including Carrano and Johnson. Now, two of the six wall-sized murals are represented by life-size digital reproductions in the new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time.



After the presentation, Carrano and Johnson will have a conversation with Matternes himself about these epic works, as well as the art and science of recreating fossil animals and lost ecosystems.



"Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes" will be available for purchase and signing at the program.






Questions? Please email NMNHAfterHours@si.edu with any questions.
Oct
19 Sat
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Archaeology Family Day

Washington, DC
United States
Show at 10:00 AM
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REGISTRATION PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $0.00

REGISTRATION SALE DATES
RESERVATION Registration Opens: August 30, 2019 10:00 AM to October 19, 2019 10:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The National Museum of Natural History, the Society for American Archaeology, DC Historic Preservation Office, and Archaeology in the Community invite you to a family-friendly event celebrating International Archaeology Day!
- Talk to archaeologists. Learn about fascinating finds, career
paths, challenges in the field, and the joy of discovery.
- Do archaeology. Practice the skills archaeologists use to piece
together the past. Participate in mock excavations, illustration, and artifact analysis.
- Explore collections. Examine museum artifacts in the Q?rius
Collections Zone.
- Get resources. Find out about opportunities to get involved in
archaeology in your community.

Archaeology Family Day is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Registered guests will receive a special gift at the registration check-in table! This is a drop-in program, so come visit anytime during the program time.

Oct
26 Sat
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Family Game Night: Arctic Edition

Washington, DC
United States
Show at 5:00 PM
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REGISTRATION PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $0.00

REGISTRATION SALE DATES
RESERVATION Registration Opens: August 28, 2019 2:21 PM to October 26, 2019 1:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Looking for some serious family fun? Bring your competitive spirit to the museum for an evening of arctic and climate-themed activities for the whole family!
- Play different types of arctic-themed games for ages 10 and up
- Explore Arctic objects and specimens with anthropologists and other scientists
- Discover the Arctic ecosystem and the animals that live there through the games, puzzles, and hands-on activities designed for kids under 10

Location: Family Game Night will be located in Q?rius, the Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center on the Ground Floor on the north side of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
Oct
28 Mon
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AT CAPACITY - Narwhal: A Tusk with a Twist

Washington, DC
United States
Doors at 6:15 PM, Show at 6:45 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
This program is at capacity. A stand-by list will be available at the door and unclaimed seats will be opened at the program's start time. Overflow seating will be provided in an area where the program will be simulcast for those who arrive late.



After over a dozen years chasing the elusive and mysterious Narwhal in its Arctic habitat, conducting laboratory analysis, and applying a traditional study of Inuit and Greenlandic culture, Martin Nweeia, a dentist in Connecticut and lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and assistant professor at Case School of Dental Medicine, solved one of science's greatest riddles: the function of the narwhal's unicorn-like tusk.



Join us as Nweeia reveals his findings and what we can learn about the evolutionary history of the narwhal and its tooth, and asks us to consider adaptation of northern regions, animals, and peoples in a rapidly warming Arctic.



A Q&A moderated by Bill Fitzhugh, an anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History who directs the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center, will follow.



"Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend," co-edited by Martin Nweeia and Bill Fitzhugh, will be available for purchase and signing after the program.
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Nov
2 Sat
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Family Workshop - Make a Traditional Native American Black Ash Basket

Washington, DC
United States
Show at 1:00 PM
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REGISTRATION PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $2.00

REGISTRATION SALE DATES
RESERVATION Registration Opens: September 24, 2019 11:39 AM to November 2, 2019 1:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Join Native American artists Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish as they lead you through the process of basket making.
During this workshop, participants will learn about the significance of baskets to women in passing down their history, learn about collecting and preparation of materials for basket making, make a traditional black ash basket to take home, and discuss with expert basket makers the effects of environmental change on their traditions.
​Please note that this workshop is best suited for children ages 10 and up, and their caregivers.

Location: The Lab in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, Ground Floor.

Cost: Please register to guarantee a spot in the program. Reservation is $2.00 per person.

Nov
9 Sat
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World & Me Family Program: How Fossils Get to the Museum

Washington, DC
United States
Show at 10:30 AM
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REGISTRATION PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $2.00

REGISTRATION SALE DATES
RESERVATION Registration Opens: September 30, 2019 11:21 AM to November 9, 2019 9:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Every second Saturday of the month, learn more about your place in the world through explorations of nature and culture.

Led by museum educators, families will explore the different jobs and responsibilities that go into caring for fossils, from discovery in the field to storage at the museum. After reading the book, "How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum" by Jessie Hartland, young children and their families will have the opportunity to sift for, identify, and explore fossils and bones. Please note that while all are welcome, these programs are designed for ages 3 to 8.

Cost: Please register to guarantee a spot in the program. Reservation fee is $2.00 per person. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Location: The Theater in the Q?rius Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Q?rius is located next to the Constitution Avenue entrance.
Nov
16 Sat
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Fossil Fest/Festival de Fósiles

Washington, DC
United States
Show at 10:00 AM
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REGISTRATION PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $0.00

REGISTRATION SALE DATES
RESERVATION Registration Opens: October 3, 2019 5:13 PM to November 16, 2019 10:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Gather your friends and family and get ready for a fun, fossil-filled day in Q?rius!
- Learn about the tools and research techniques experts use to unearth the facts about prehistoric ecosystems and life long ago.
- Explore the world of paleontology by meeting scientists and paleontology staff to get a behind-the-scenes look into their work.
- Experience the field yourself through virtual reality, handling 3D fossil prints, or by sifting for and identifying fossils YOU can uncover at our hands-on learning stations!
- Find something for everyone in your family to enjoy, from arts and crafts and mask making to film shorts, and much more!
Fossil Fest is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Registered guests will receive a special gift at the registration check-in table! Check-in anytime during the program.
Come and discover your inner scientist!
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¡Reúne a tus amigos y familiares y prepárense para un día muy divertido lleno de fósiles en Q?rius!
- Aprende sobre las herramientas y técnicas de investigación que los expertos usan para descubrir los ecosistemas prehistóricos y la vida que se desarrolló hace mucho tiempo.
- Explora el mundo de la paleontología de la mano de científicos y el equipo de paleontología para descubrir el trabajo que hacen detrás de bambalinas.
- Experimenta en campo por ti mismo, mediante una herramienta de realidad virtual en la que podrás manejar impresiones de fósiles en 3D, o tamizando e identificando fósiles que TÚ puedes descubrir en nuestras estaciones de aprendizaje autodidacta.
- Encuentra algo para disfrutar con toda la familia, desde artes, manualidades y fabricación de máscaras, hasta cortometrajes, y ¡mucho más!
El Festival de Fósiles es gratis y está abierto al público, sin embargo debes registrarte para poder entrar.
¡Los invitados que se registren recibirán un regalo especial en la mesa de ingreso! Confirma tu registro en cualquier momento durante el evento.
¡Ven y descubre al científico que vive dentro de ti!

Dec
14 Sat
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World & Me Family Program: Stripes of All Types

Washington, DC
United States
Show at 10:30 AM
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REGISTRATION PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
RESERVATION: $2.00
FAMILY MEMBER: $0.00

REGISTRATION SALE DATES
RESERVATION / FAMILY MEMBER Registration Opens: August 19, 2019 12:12 PM to December 14, 2019 9:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Join us in welcoming special guest, author and illustrator Susan Stockdale! She will read and demonstrate how she created her book, Stripes of All Types, which celebrates the variety of stripes found on animals around the world. After her presentation, participants will do a craft activity to take home with them, and have the opportunity to purchase their own book to be personally inscribed by Ms. Stockdale.



Cost: Please register to guarantee a spot in the program. Reservation is $2.00 per person. Children ages 2 and under are free.


Location: The Theater in the Q?rius Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Q?rius is located next to the Constitution Avenue entrance.

National Museum of Natural History Family Members receive 1 free reservation for up to 5 people. Learn about Family Memberships here.
$0.00 - $2.00

10th Street And Constitution Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
United States
National Museum of Natural History