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Special Events

Reel Science: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Wednesday, December 2; 7pm
What happens when movie magic is made at the expense of scientific fact? Reel Science, a series in partnership with Cleveland Cinemas, tackles natural science on the silver screen. Curator of Archaeology Dr. Brian Redmond leads a post-film Q&A on Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark."


Sunday, December 6; 1-5:30pm
This circle-wide event hosted by University Circle Inc. offers free admission to the Museum for the day. Join us for special winter activities and crafts that will get you ready for the holiday season. Families can enjoy rides in a horse-drawn carriage, ice skating, ice sculpting and so much more on Wade Oval!

Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture

Thursday, December 10; 8pm
Dr. Edo Berger of Harvard University presents "Gamma-Ray Bursts: The Biggest Explosions since the Big Bang." Dr. Berger will describe the decades-long quest to decipher the origin and energy source of these mysterious explosions since they were first spotted in the 1960s. No tickets or reservations are required.

Explorer Series Lecture

Friday, December 11; 7pm
Dr. Brian Hare of Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University will present "The Secrets inside Your Dog’s Mind." From the beginning of the movement to understand animal intelligence to modern techniques like Dognition, man’s best friend has long given us tools to better understand them. Book signing to follow.

Think & Drink with the Extinct: Birds and Brews

Wednesday, December 16; 5-9pm
Raise a glass and increase your knowledge of the natural world at one of the brainiest happy hours in Cleveland! Third Wednesday #ThinkandDrink is back for another season. Each month highlights a different field of research or area of the Museum, paired with unique experiences and interactive demonstrations.


Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22; 6pm and 7:15pm
A musical performance with a stunning view! The Museum and the acclaimed Almeda Trio are partnering once again for their sixth anniversary celebration of the winter solstice in Shafran Planetarium. Music and science blend for a thrilling experience under the stars and imagery of the planetarium dome.


Thursday, December 31; 10am-1pm
Join us in Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life to make noisemakers, party hats and a take-home craft. At noon, watch a dinosaur egg drop and discover what's inside. Spend the rest of your day exploring the Museum and see a special Planetarium show for an extra fee.


Monday, January 18; 10am-4pm
Meet our curators and discover specimens from our collections on this special free day. Take in a mini planetarium show. Visit Smead Discovery Center and make a craft to take home. Parking: $10 flat rate


Saturday, January 30; 10am-4pm
Join #CMNHwildlife staff and volunteers for our annual celebration of everything woodchuck. This festival features live animals, crafts, and demonstrations relating to the natural—and unnatural—history of everyone’s favorite rodent. There will even be an appearance of our own Lake Erie Eddie!

Programs, Hikes & Field Trips

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Saturday, February 6; 6:30-11pm
Join us for one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will make a stop at the Museum as it tours the United States. Kick off the evening at 6:30 with an EnviroFair, cash bar and light snacks; films start at 8. Sponsored by Appalachian Outfitters. Tickets not yet for sale.


Friday, February 26; 5:30-8pm
Members will get a first look at our new traveling exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, The Power of Poison. Explore the paradoxical role of poison in nature, human health, history, literature and myth. Discover the evolutionary strategies of venomous and poisonous plants and animals. Registration not yet available.