Talks, Classes, and Films

The Museum offers talks, classes, film festivals, and other informal learning. Nat Talks, made possible with support from presenting sponsor The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS, feature museum staff and outside experts and authors from around the country speaking on an array of topics, including the latest in scientific research, history, conservation, and the natural world. Reel Science, presented by The Nat and Digital Gym Cinema, takes place Fridays in May (two events will be at The Nat and two events will be hosted at Digital Gym). Enjoy ascience-fiction movie, followed by commentary from a local scientist, who will provide contextualized and corrective feedback about the film’s scientific themes.

Nat Talks and film events take place in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater.

Tickets to all events may be purchased online, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797.

If it's our regular, daily schedule of 2D and 3D films you're looking for, please visit our Giant Screen Theater page. Films are included with paid admission.



Upcoming Events


Reel Science: Damnation Alley

Friday, May 24, 2019 7 PM

Join us for a screening of Damnation Alley, presented by The Nat and Digital Gym. Before the film, Dr. Michael Wall, curator of entomology and vice president of science and conservation at The Nat, will provide contextualized and corrective feedback about the scientific themes in the film. Afterwards, he will answer audience questions. 

Damnation Alleyis a 1977 post-apocalyptic film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Roger Zelazny. It features five people who survive the nuclear holocaust and their incredible odyssey through the nightmare world it created. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. 

Reel Science is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDTATION.

Note: this screening is hosted at Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104) and tickets are available through their website.




Nat Talk: How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls | Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7 PM

From the incredible efficiency of the wet dog shake to colonies of ants building rafts out of their own bodies, animals move with astounding grace, speed, and versatility. But how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? 

Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineer and Author David Hu will present how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious. After the talk, David will sign copies of his book, How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls: Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future. Books are available for purchase at the museum store.

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and the talk begins at 7 PM. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the talk.

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