Past Events

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:00am

Opening in 2015

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 will be the first exhibition to debut in the newly renovated Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery in the National Museum of American History. Prominent recognition opportunities are available for sponsors.


The Curious Mister Catesby

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Smithsonian Libraries presents The Curious Mister Catesby event, a panel lecture and book signing on April 14. The Catesby Trust’s new book, The Curious Mr. Catesby: A “Truly Ingenious” Naturalist Explores New Worlds is available now. The event is free and open to the public


Questions for an Open Cultural Institution: Thinking Together in Provocative Places

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:00am

Join us for a discussion with Dr. David Carr about the potential of, and challenges facing, a cultural institution in the modern age. Carr speaks, writes, and teaches about the value of cultural institutions as essential instruments for nourishing public imaginations in democratic societies.


21st Annual Dibner Library Lecture

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 5:00pm

Please join us for the 21st annual Dibner Library Lecture, Alchemy on the Cutting Edge on Thursday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m. in the Warner Bros. Theater. Event is free and open to the public


"The Lost Bird Project"

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador Duck, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape and in our collective memory.  Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world by permanently placing his elegant, evocative bronze memorials at the location of each bird’s demise.