Museum Minute Vol. 3 – Smithsonian Associates


Museum Minute is written by Elle O’Flaherty. Elle lives in Mt. Pleasant and previously wrote about the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

People were unexpectedly bitter about Pluto’s downgrade in planetary status. I learned this while attending a lecture by Mike Brown a few years back whose work led to Pluto’s change in stature. Part of the Smithsonian Associates program, lectures like this one, classes, and other events are held several times a week (prices vary from free to over $100). Upcoming events that look especially fun are a sleepover at the Museum of Natural History, cocktails based on literature, and behind the scenes with the FBI.  Lectures are often held at the Ripley Center, pictured above, which is just to the right of the Smithsonian Castle.  I like that many of the events are in the evening, which is easier for those of us coming from work than typical museum hours.  They have a little bit of everything and it’s a fun way to meet nerdy folks with similar interests.

5 Comment

  • Cool! Smithsonian Institute nightlife for us museum nerds.

  • Allison

    Thanks for the reminder! I used to have a Smithsonian membership but I didn’t attend the events because most of the cool ones seemed to be so expensive on top of the membership fee; nevertheless, I should try to be on the lookout for the more affordable ones.

    Haha re: pluto, years and years and years ago, on my first visit to D.C. (which would later become a lifelong love of the city) it was the very same week Pluto had been declared no longer a planet. I was clearly upset by the Smithsonian’s rather summary treatment of the poor ex-planet:

    • Emmaleigh504

      I refuse to accept Pluto’s reclassification. I will now listen to 2 Skinee Js for the rest of the day singing “Pluto is a Planet”!

    • I get their emails but I guess I’m just interested in the more expensive events because I can’t recall ever seeing anything for less than $200.

  • That place reminds me of a plan-e’-arium.

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