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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.

First Fridays: Get Hip to Science

Thanks for making the 2015 First Fridays season a success! We hope to see you back next year for the nerdiest, coolest event in L.A.

Miss an event? Catch up on the 2015 season HERE!

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First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!


First Fridays

Thanks for making the 2015 First Fridays season a success!
We hope to see you next year!

First Fridays 2015: Do-It-Yourself Science

Today, scientists make a career out of asking big questions about our world. They research and hypothesize, design experiments to prove or demolish assumptions, and argue their point of view — and they do it with a disciplined rigor. But there are also great scientists like Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Henry David Thoreau who approached science not as a job but a hobby, as they pursued understanding of how the world works.

Today, with technology, social media, crowdsourcing and the resurgence of the DIY movement, a general public of science enthusiasts — anybody with a passion for adventure and inquiry — can participate in the journey of discovery.

What would happen if science was our common language and part of our everyday vocabulary? Instead of a select few, what could a thousand pairs of eyes add to the discovery of a new comet? How could hundreds of people across the country help paint a clearer picture of species diversity?  With the rise of the “citizens” and the “scientists” working collaboratively, we can revolutionize and redefine scientific exploration. Join us this season as we hear from the makers, doers and dreamers who are creating tomorrow’s scientific community today.

Each discussion forum was moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Southern California.


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

This season we are rolling out a new ticketing structure. No longer will there be 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