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First Fridays Discussion Podcasts

Miss a First Fridays discussion? It's never too late to soak up the science!

Check out past discussions on iTunes HERE.

Big Screen, Bigger Science

Thanks for making our 2016 First Fridays season a success.

Miss a night? Check out highlights here!

First Fridays as an NHM Member

Become an NHM Member and attend 2017's entire First Fridays season for FREE!

Learn more or become a Member today.

Summer Nights in the Garden

Come get outdoorsy and spend your summer nights at NHM!

Check out highlights from the 2015 season here!


Thanks for coming out and making the 2016 First Fridays season a success!

First Fridays 2016: Big Screen, Bigger Science

We may not remember high school science. Those lessons on photosynthesis? The circulatory system of frogs? Lost in the haze of youth. But what we know for sure is the Death Star is not a planet, DeLoreans are perfect for time travel, and bringing back dinosaurs is not such a great idea.

Movies have become more dependent upon science to tell their stories. But do they get it right? From Jurassic paleontology and space travel, to crypto insects and zombie-like pandemic killer viruses-- how much science is there in science fiction?

The 2016 First Fridays season focused on the intersection of science and fiction. Scientists discussed the good, the bad and the ridiculous in film – and how Hollywood continues to inspire the next frontier of science exploration.

Each discussion forum was moderated by Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning television and radio host.

Miss a First Fridays? Catch up on all the higlights HERE.


Nonmembers: $18 (February through May), $20 (June)
Members: FREE (limited tickets available)

No longer is there a separate ticket for concert admission. The ONLY ticket option, General Admission, will provide access to all that First Fridays has to offer. Access to the Museum after-hours, the guided tour, the scientist-led discussion, the DJ lounge, and the Concert Hall will all be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Member tickets are non-transferable and Members must show photo ID to claim their tickets. To guarantee admission, Members must arrive prior to 7:00pm on the night of the concert to redeem their tickets.

Have more ticketing questions? Please visit our Ticketing FAQ Page.

Catch up on what you missed with podcasts of last season's lecture series. For more information on lecturers, musicians, and everything else that went on during First Fridays 2014 check out the links to the left.

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Event Production: Natural History Museum staff
Performance Booking: Spaceland Presents
Sound Production: Steve Shoemaker Sound