Making the Most of Your Memory
Are you worried about your memory, or someone else’s? Understand more about how memory works and how you might optimize yours from Barry Gordon, a nationally recognized expert on memory and memory disorders. It is an evening you won’t forget.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Rock Creek Park Tour
Daytime Bus Tour
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park System with a daylong guided visit to DC’s own contribution to that spectacular natural collection—Rock Creek Park—with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Part of a Lecture and Tour Combo.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Inside Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Where the Manhattan Project Began
4-Day Tour
A partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind 4-day study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Meet Astronaut Mike Massimino—No Ordinary Spaceman
Former astronaut Mike Massimino is the veteran of NASA space flights aboard space shuttles Columbia and Atlantis. His final mission was to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. He tells a compelling story about following a dream and what having the “right stuff” really means—at NASA, in space, and in life. 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Medical History in Philadelphia: Including America's Oldest Hospital
All-Day Tour
Join museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker for a close-up look at the rich and fascinating of Philadelphia as a center of American medicine. Explore the home of pioneering surgeon Philip Syng Physick, the Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Mutter Museum.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Celebrating National Refuge Week: Behind the Scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge
All-Day Tour
Go behind the scenes at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Staff members lead a daylong visit that focuses on their fascinating and important work in wildlife and natural resource science.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00 AM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features William Gahl, Clinical Director, National Human Genome Research Institute and Director, NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Origin Stories and the Star Wars Trilogy: Joseph Campbell and Myth in the 21st Century
Joseph Campbell called mythology “Humankind’s one great story.” Explore that story with Doug Herman, senior geographer at the American Indian Museum, and Robert Walter, president and executive director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, as they carry on a wide-ranging conversation about myths, culture, and what it means to be fully human.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Autumn at Monticello
All-Day Tour
Among the long list of Thomas Jefferson’s many personas are two that he particularly cherished: gardener and farmer. Spend a day in the Virginia countryside with horticulturist Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens focusing on Jefferson’s legacy as a man of the soil.
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Welcome to the Universe: An Intimate Look at the Stars
This evening, take a seat and listen in as world-class astrophysicists J. Richard Gott and Michael A. Strauss engage in a conversation that takes you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, they address questions that stretch our imagination.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Challenges in Cheetah Conservation
Laurie Marker, founder of the Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund and Suzan Murray, the director of the Smithsonian Global Health Program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, delve into the complex network of social, economic and environmental problems that must be unraveled if the cheetah, Africa's most endangered big cat, is to have a permanent place on Earth.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Giants in the Sky: Military Aircraft
All-Day Tour
Join transportation expert Scott Hercik at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware as he goes behind the scenes and onboard some of the largest and most specialized aircraft ever to fly with the United States military.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Your Brain in the Digital Age
Have you ever wondered how our brain allows us to make decisions in light of the barrage of external and internal stimuli we confront daily? Sarah Shomstein, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at George Washington University, addresses the science behind that question and suggests ways we might enhance the brain’s ability to keep us focused.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Spiders: Predators and Prey
Tonight, Hannah Wood, curator of arachnids and myriapods at the Natural History Museum, discusses the natural history of spiders and puts a surprising spin on the story of a remarkable species.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Spectacular Day at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
All-Day Tour
Spend a day at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve aglow with fall foliage.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 7:30 AM
Underground Virginia: Caves of the Shenandoah
All-Day Tour
Go deep into Virginia’s geological history as caver Gregg Clemmer guides you through the natural wonders of Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Caverns.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 7:30 AM
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Morning Tour
One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your path indoors and out. Step inside the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Enduring Extremes: The Science of Astronaut Health
As a manned mission to Mars becomes a possibility, the dangers of long-duration space travel for humans must be addressed. Find out what is being done to ensure astronaut health from a panel of top NASA medical experts.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Washington’s Hidden Infrastructure: How Water Works
All-Day Tour
We take clean, clear water for granted. But behind the production of that usable water is a complex infrastructure, a world little recognized and rarely seen by the public. Join Bill Keene for a behind-the-scenes look at two area water facilities.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM
The Smithsonian Greenhouses and How They Grow
Afternoon Tour
One of the joys of a Smithsonian visit in any season is the gloriously varied greenery and flowers that brighten your path indoors and out. Step inside the source of all that natural beauty: the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Advances in Military Medicine from Mercy Street to the 21st Century
All-Day Tour
Many of the scientific, medical, and technological innovations of the past two centuries have had their roots in military medicine. Visits to the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine offer insights into that history, as well as military medicine’s links to modern healthcare.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:15 AM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Julie Segre, Head, Microbial Genomics Section and Chief, Translational and Functional Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Taking a Bite Out of Invasive Species: From Ecosystem Menaces to Menu Items
How do you transform ecosystem menaces into to menu items? Jackson Landers, author of Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species, and chef John Shields, an expert in the cuisine of the Chesapeake region, explore the benefits—both ecological and culinary—that an inventive use of invasive plants and animals can offer.
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Once and Future Earth?: Exploring Titan, Saturn’s Giant Moon
One of the most Earth-like worlds found to date, the frozen “prebiotic” moon Titan offers a glimpse of what our own planet might have been like before life evolved—and whether similar life might be found elsewhere. Ralph Lorenz of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics lab examines how Titan is being explored in space missions and in the laboratory.
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts
In a five-part series, listen to National Institutes of Health directors and scientific and medical experts discuss what is currently “hot” in biomedical research—and what it all means for our health and medical treatment today and in the future. This session features Gary Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM