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
A Partnership that’s Out of This World: Navigating Space Relations
The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the most ambitious international collaborations ever attempted. Cathy Lewis, curator of curator of international space programs and spacesuits at the Air and Space Museum, describes the multinational and bilateral agreements that led to its completion. She also highlights some of the cutting-edge scientific work being conducted on board the ISS.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:30 AM
How We Eat: A Uniquely Human Dilemma
When our prehistoric ancestors began to transform the way they acquired food, hunting and gathering gave way to planting crops and animal domestication. More centralized systems of food production gradually led to the erosion of our ability to make informed decisions about how we eat. Learn how lessons from our prehistoric diets and foodways could have a positive impact on our health and the environment today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 8:30 AM
The Physics of Everyday Life
The keys to unveiling the mysteries of the natural universe may be as close as your kitchen. Physicist Helen Czerski explains how the most ordinary everyday objects and occurences—like popping corn, coffee stains, and fridge magnets—can provide a way to understand big-picture concepts such as gravity, gases, weather, time, and more.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Orchids: Moments of Beauty
Morning Tour
Smithsonian Gardens staff members lead a private tour of Moments, the Smithsonian’s 2017 Orchid Exhibit at the Hirshhorn, where the museum’s exhibit designers have created a unique setting for the blooms.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM
There Goes the Sun: A Total-Solar-Eclipse Countdown
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour
The 2017 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—salutes the Netherlands with the theme Holland: Flowering the World. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Vertical Gardens
Vertical gardens are cropping up all over town, and can provide great inspirations for making your own space-saving green dreams a reality. Learn about the principles, technologies, and techniques of this unique approach to growing herbs, flowers, and produce from two local urban-farming pros.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Physicist Lawrence Krauss: Why Are We Here?
In his bestselling book, A Universe from Nothing, the internationally renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, Krauss draws on his blend of reason, rigorous research, and engaging storytelling to present a dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality and the scientists who have helped to unravel its unexpected fabric.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
An Ancient Philosopher’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism
Alexander Jones of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University shares some the long-held secrets of one of the most intriguing archeological finds ever made: a sophisticated astronomical guide from around 200 B.C.
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:45 PM
A Rock Creek Park Tour
All-Day Tour
Celebrate the beauty of spring on a daylong guided visit to DC’s beloved urban oasis, Rock Creek Park, with local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley and other experts on the park and its history.
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:30 AM