The Perfect Gift Book for Dads and Grads. Give them a summer of discovery and wonder.
Mini book
May 24
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Secrets From The Past

In a special after-hours session, turn the pages of some of New York Academy of Medicine's favorite secrets texts authored by magicians, alchemists, and artisans.
May 24
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room Series

Explore the Academy's incredible collections in this intimate, after-hours, three-part series.
May 25
Berlin, Germany

Unlocking Berlin's Wunderkammer

From arthouses to anatomy theaters, medical museums to Monster Kabinetts, this eclectic capital city holds so much in store. Explore the nooks and crannies of Berlin with Atlas Obscura.
May 27
Brooklyn, New York

Lebanese Food Shopping Tour

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Jeannette, a Lebanese immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
May 27
Santa Monica, California

Church of Type

Discover a treasure trove of typography, tools, and techniques.
May 27
Brooklyn, New York

Secret Mausoleum Club: The First Gathering

The most secret gatherings in New York City have been under lock-and-key for centuries, until now.
May 27
Brooklyn, New York

The Secret Mausoleum Club: A Four-Part Series of After-Dark Soirees

Unlock the doors to Green-Wood Cemetery's sepulchral secrets in this intimate series of after-hours gatherings.
May 27
California

The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

Join us at the birthplace of modern astronomy as we gaze through the same telescope used by Edwin Hubble to discover that the universe is expanding.
Presidio of San Francisco Officer's Club (possibly the oldest structure in SF)
May 28
San Francisco, California

Layers of History at the Presidio Main Post

The Main Post encompasses more history than any other other site within GGNRA.
May 31
Chicago, Illinois

Tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection

Join us for a unique and exclusive tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection, a house museum, archive, and one of SAIC special collections.
Cascades
Jun 3
Washington, D.C.

The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park

Join us on a walking tour of an urban park unlike any other in the country.
Jun 3
Chatsworth, California

Vegan Food Factory

Discover how vegan mayonnaise is made on this exclusive factory tour of Follow Your Heart Restaurant.
Steam plant signage
Jun 3
Seattle

Steam Plant Tour

Explore this engineering landmark in advance of the Georgetown Steam Plant's 110th anniversary
The Gamble House
Jun 3
Pasadena, California

Extraordinary Estates

Explore two eccentric homes on 'Millionaire's Row' in Pasadena: the Gamble House & the Fenyes Mansion.
Jun 4
Nanjemoy, Maryland

In Search of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Join us for a kayak exploration of the Western Hemisphere's largest ship graveyard.
Jun 4
Seal Beach

Sea Turtle Trek

Hike along the San Gabriel River in search of LA County's resident sea turtle colony.
Jun 8
Brooklyn, New York

Atlas Obscura LIVE! SIN

Special guests join the writers and editors of Atlas Obscura for our very own sinful variety show!
Jun 10
Brooklyn, New York

Lebanese Cooking Class in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Jeannette, a Lebanese immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
French press
Jun 10
Seattle, Washington

Coffee Talk: Small Batch Roasting and Woodwork

Roast and brew your own coffee beans and brand your own exotic wood coasters with Alchemy Fine Coffees.
Jun 10
Yonkers, New York

The Great Forgotten Garden Party

An extravagant outdoor gala celebrating the beauty, history, and mythos of America's Greatest Forgotten Garden.
Jun 11
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.
Cardboard automata
Jun 11
Seattle, Washington

Cardboard Automata: Toy-Making Workshop

Join Nico Cox for a unique afternoon of mechanical toy-making.
The Enigma machine, developed by Arthur Scherbius in 1923
Jun 15
Annapolis Junction, Maryland

Secrets Revealed at NSA's National Cryptologic Museum

Travel through cryptologic history and break some codes along the way.
The Dentzel Carousel in its opening year of 1921
Jun 17
Glen Echo, Maryland

Round & Round: The Rebirth of Glen Echo's Dentzel Carousel

Come for a spin as we learn about the Dentzel Carousel of Glen Echo Park.
No. 246A Battery Davis Fort Funston, Calif., Placing Concrete Under step - ring at Gun Block No. 1.
Jun 17
San Francisco, California

Defending San Francisco: Fort Funston Tour

Beneath the wavy dunes lies a century of fortifications.
Angels Gate Lighthouse
Jun 17
San Pedro

Voyage to Angel's Gate Lighthouse

This lovely Romanesque tower has guarded the Port of Los Angeles since 1913.
The Plant's outdoor farm takes shape in the facility's parking lot
Jun 17
Chicago, Illinois

A Former Meat-Packing Plant Turned Green: Tour and Tasting

Explore the hidden networks inside The Plant, a retired pork factory from Chicago's meat processing years.
Jun 19
New York, New York

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
courtesy of Science Friday
Jun 20
Los Angeles

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday

Celebrate Cephalopod Week with an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
Our Hosts: Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert
Jun 21
Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through this fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
Jun 23
Morocco

Music and Medinas of Morocco

Explore decaying fortresses and ancient city ruins, get lost in maze-like medinas, and sleep among sand dunes under the stars. Join Atlas Obscura for a whirlwind week of adventure across Morocco’s spectacular and sprawling terrain.
Jun 23
Brooklyn, NY

Horseshoe Crab Counting, Under The New Moon At Dead Horse Bay

Gather on the shores of Dead Horse Bay to survey a natural phenomenon as a citizen scientist.
A photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company
Jun 24
Los Angeles, California

The Lost and Long-Gone Graveyards of Los Angeles

Join writer and Field Agent Hadley Meares as we tour the sites of LA's forgotten burial grounds.
A hair brooch in the permanent collection of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Jun 25
Brooklyn, New York

Learn The Art of Victorian Hair Work

In this hands-on workshop, you'll immerse yourself in the Victorian craft and tradition of mourning jewelry in the form of hair art.
Jun 25
Los Angeles, California

Far East LA: Exploring Chinatown

Venture into the history, culture, and kitsch of LA’s Chinatown.
Jun 29
Brooklyn

Real/Fake Science: An Interactive Experiment Salon

Test your ability to distinguish the facts from the alternative facts.
60-inch telescope
Jul 1
California

60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Old LA Zoo
Jul 8
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of LA's old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
Jul 10
Venice, Italy

Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist

Explore abandoned islands by day and enjoy musical revelries by night in the entourage of brass band Gato Loto. This unique Atlas Obscura experience will be filled with fresh food, constant dancing, and the dazzling Redentore Festival.
Jul 13
Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a wonderland of musical automatons, victorian ephemera, steam engines, and French carousels.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jul 14
Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the Gold Coast.
Aug 13
Seattle

Mechanical Music: Kids/Family Session

Learn about the history of mechanical music and how musical boxes work in this hands-on mini-workshop with Antiquarian Horologist Nico Cox.
Aug 13
Seattle, Washington

Mechanical Music

Learn about the history of mechanical music and how musical boxes work in this hands-on mini-workshop with Antiquarian Horologist Nico Cox.
Aug 16
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Astronomy and Astrology

Peer inside early books from the Rare Book Room's incredible collection to discover what happened when our ancestors looked outward—and upward.
Cardboard automata
Sep 17
Seattle, Washington

Cardboard Automata: Kids & Family Toy-Making Workshop

Join Nico Cox for a unique afternoon of mechanical toy-making.
Cardboard automata
Sep 17
Seattle, Washington

Cardboard Automata: Toy-Making Workshop

Join Nico Cox for a unique afternoon of mechanical toy-making.
New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book Room
Nov 8
New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Women and Medicine

Discover the fascinating history of women's health issues, medicine, and midwifery through an after-hours exploration of the Rare Book Room's incredible collection.
"Constellation"
May 21
Fishkill, New York

Sea, Sky and Stars at Bannerman's Castle Ruins

Explore the stunning ruins of Bannerman Castle as you gaze upon Melissa McGill's light installation, "Constellation."
May 21
Chicago, IL

Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Explore the Forest Preserve that was once home to the most State of the Art Tuberculosis Sanitarium in the United States.
Buckhorn Exchange
May 20
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
May 20
Van Nuys, CA

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary

Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with toilet water.
ECC boat
May 20
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

The Anacostia River of Hope

Cruise the water and learn about the rehabilitation of DC's second river.
May 19
Chicago, Illinois

Canceled - Landmarks & Letterpress at Starshaped Press

A laid-back lecture on architecture and printing history with a chance to explore one of Chicago’s coolest letterpress studios.
Damira in Action
May 14
Brooklyn, New York

Uzbek Cooking Class in Brooklyn

Explore the international tastes of New York City with a unique, hands-on experience, lead by Damira, an Uzbek immigrant and Brooklyn resident.
May 13
Wilmette, Illinois

Explore The History and Teachings of the Baha'i Faith

Visit the Only Baha'i House of Worship on the continent and learn about its history and significance.
May 13
Williams, Oregon

The Living Tree Art of Arborsmith Studio

Explore the private botanic garden of arborsculptor Richard Reames.
Bouquet from Thatch Floral
May 7
Seattle, Washington

Creative Floristry with Thatch Floral

Explore the art of floral arrangement with daughter-mother designers Sara Jane Camacho and farmer-florist Sara Brown.
May 7
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hello Clarice: Special Agent Starling Taxidermy Workshop!

Renowned New York City taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato will return to Philadelphia to provide an intimate taxidermy experience within the utterly unique Convent Philly.
leprosy patient
May 6
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Devil's Den

In the 1800s, Honolulu's Chinatown was known as the Devil's Den due to its obscene filth and vice.
The Bachelor Party
May 6
San Francisco, California

The Cats of Louis Wain Painting Night

Create your own fantastic cat portrait while learning about the neuroscience of creativity.
May 6
Kansas City, Missouri

Half Moon Tunnel Speakeasy

A Secret Obscura Day After-Party!
Harpist Cristina Black
May 6
Silver Lake, California

Casa Larissa After Dark

A bohemian get-together, live music, and performance in Silver Lake.
May 6
Portland, Oregon

Shanghai Tunnel Social

Explore the historic Portland underground, then resurface for the earthy delights of oysters and whiskey.