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. 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


Nat Talk: Women in Science–A Conversation with Rachel Ignotofsky

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7 PM

Women throughout history have contributed greatly to science, mathematics, and engineering, but have not always received the recognition they deserve. Author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky returns to The Nat to showcase one of her creations, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, celebrating women's accomplishments and introducing new female role models to boys and girls.

In a short lecture, Rachel will share little known stories of amazing female scientists and how they significantly changed their fields, in spite of considerable prejudices. She looks at the statistics showing the gender gap in STEM fields today, explaining how representation and narratives can empower young women to follow their passions. Rachel also uses unique and whimsical illustration styles to make dense information fun and accessible for her bestselling books. After the talk, Rachel will hold an informal Q&A about her favorite scientists, the book-writing process, and feminism in STEM.

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. After the talk, Rachel will sign copies of her book, available for purchase in the Museum store. 

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