Museum Announcements

New Report: Sports-Related Concussions in Youth

Rates of concussion-related ER visits for children and teens have risen in recent years, with many concussions occurring as a result of participation in sports. An expert committee convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted an extensive study on concussions in youth sports and found that young athletes in the U.S. face a "culture of resistance" to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans, potentially endangering their well-being.

November 16: Resilience In Your Neighborhood: A Community Event

Did you know that pizza boxes can be used to create a solar cooker? Find out how during this special event for families and children ages 8 and older.
From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., take part in more than ten hands-on science activities to learn how to build a resilient home and community. Equip yourself with tools to respond to and thrive in extreme conditions. Learn about careers in emergency response and recovery:

Celebrating Academy History

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy spoke movingly about science's importance to society and the Academy's role as adviser to the nation at a convocation celebrating the centennial of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). As the NAS celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, we reflect on the Academy’s history and its continuing role in the American democracy.

Life Lab

How can the choices you make every day affect your health? Our interactive Life Lab exhibit challenges you to find out how small changes can make a big difference at every age.  

Free Field Trips

The Koshland Science Museum is a great place for students to see how science can solve real-world problems. Starting in September 2013, we are pleased to offer free school field trips again. A limited number of free facilitator led tours are also available. To qualify for this free offer, field trips must be organized by middle schools and high schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

SOLD OUT! October 30: Extreme Event Challenge

The Extreme Event Challenge is sold out! To receive updates about future programs on community resilience, email

Immerse yourself in a challenging group game in which you must prioritize and collaborate to survive a fictitious disaster. With fun group dynamics and a surprising twist, the game will raise real-world questions about what it takes to make our communities more resilient.