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Proof for album cover of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” ca. 1978.
Jun 22
New York, New York

Bruce Springsteen and 'Born to Run,' with Sotheby's

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Bruce Springsteen’s working draft of “Born to Run,” in one of the most spectacular private spaces in New York City.
Evergreen Cemetery.
Jun 23
Los Angeles, California

Exploring Evergreen Cemetery

Get to know one of L.A.'s oldest and most diverse graveyards, tucked away in Boyle Heights.
Mayslake Hall's front door.
Jun 23
Oak Brook, Illinois

Peabody's Mansion

Tour the grounds of an incredible estate, featuring unparalleled architecture, murmurous monks, and tales of a curious corpse.
Atlas Obscura lock picking.
Jun 23
Denver, Colorado

The Art of Lockpicking

Join Atlas Obscura Society Denver for a celebration of lock picking, history, and the illusion of security.
Jun 23
Brooklyn, New York

Prospect Park Soiree

Atlas Obscura is excited to share our partner Prospect Park Alliance's event, a magical evening of dining and dancing under the stars in Prospect Park.
Edgar Allan Poe.
Jun 23
New York, New York

Poe, Absinthe, and Gothic Mystery, with Sotheby's

Join us for a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe in one of New York’s most spectacular private spaces.
"RUSH MORE" mural by Kerry James Marshall.
Jun 24
Chicago, Illinois

Bawdy Broads and Lady Legacies: A Women’s History of Chicago

A walking tour exploring the role of women in the formation, development, and history of Chicago.
Full-sheet engraved map of the Americas, 1606.
Jun 24
New York, New York

The Cartographer's View, with Sotheby's

In a private apartment near the top of the Woolworth Building, you’ll see rare, historically significant maps and one of the finest views in the world.
49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic.
Jun 24
Secret Location, Los Angeles Area, California

49 Boxes: The Golden Age of Magic

An immersive experience at a secret location.
Ray Gun.
Jun 27
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Neon Philadelphia

A private studio tour and exhibit walk-through with Philadelphia's expert on all things neon!
Prohibition officers after raiding Carl Hammel's lunchroom on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1923.
Jun 28
Washington, D.C., United States

The Great War With Prohibition

Talk Prohibition with historian Garrett Peck at D.C.'s first solar-powered brewery Atlas Brew Works.
Former assistant curator of collections and programming, Ben Levy.
Jun 28
Seattle, Washington

Masterworks From the Henry Art Gallery's Print Collection

Join print scholar Benjamin Levy for a private tour of the Henry's print collection.
Not for the faint of heart!
Jun 30
Chicago, Illinois

SCANDAL! A Pearl-Clutching Tour of Chicago’s Gilded Age Drama

Discover the shocking history of late 19th-century Chicago on this decidedly fabulous walking tour.
Open Roof at 'Greet the Light.'
Jun 30
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sonic Seasonal at Skyspace With Mary Lattimore

Join harpist Mary Lattimore for the first performance in a seasonal concert series at The Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Meeting.
Jul 1
Denver, Colorado

The Weird and Wonderful Museum of Zines

Join us for a private insider tour of the Denver Zine Library, where you'll see some of rarest and strangest items in their collection.
After image, side and coffee tables.
Jul 1
Seattle, Washington

Unlocking the Magic of Mid-Century Modern Design



Learn about design trends and furniture restoration from Karl Hackett of Jacob Willard Home.
Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.
Jul 1
Washington, D.C., United States

Scandal, Assassination, and Spies in Lafayette Square

Join former White House speechwriter Ed Moser as we wade into the swamp in front of Washington’s most famous residence.
Resurrectionists in the process of digging up a fresh corpse.
Jul 3
Chicago, Illinois

Grave Robbing 101

Tour relics of the old city cemetery and learn all you need to know to launch YOUR career as a 19th-century body snatcher—today!
Jul 5
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Life & Death in Denver

Explore the newly renovated Tower of Memories mausoleum and the Olinger Crown Hill crematory before a Q&A session with a funeral director.
La Mona statue and artist's home, 2009.
Jul 7
San Ysidro, California

Tijuana Trek

Journey across the border to explore strange statues, architectural oddities, and the city's oldest public cemetery.
 Reconstructed Lord Mayor's Tenement in the historic area of Historic London Town and Gardens.
Jul 8
Edgewater, Maryland

Unearthing Lost Towns

Dig, sift, and time travel centuries into the past with the Lost Towns Project.
Schoenhofen Monument.
Jul 8
Chicago, Illinois

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore both the celebrated and overlooked histories of Graceland Cemetery.
Old Zoo.
Jul 8
Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Roam the grounds of L.A.'s old zoo, former home of Ivan the Terrible.
Along The Astonishing Architecture Boat Tour.
Jul 12
Chicago, Illinois

The Astonishing Architecture Boat Tour

Atlas Obscura presents a very special twist on Chicago's beloved architecture boat tours, revealing the unknown tales hidden inside the city's most famous landmarks and locations.
60-inch telescope.
Jul 14
Los Angeles, California

60-Inch Telescope

Step into the darkness for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Holograms!
Jul 15
New York, New York

Inside the Holographer's Laboratory

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of master holographer Jason Sapan's labyrinthine laser laboratory.
The leafy green floor of Rosehill Cemetery
Jul 15
Chicago, Illinois

Rosehill Cemetery Walk

Take a stroll through history in Chicago's largest cemetery.
Elliot the cow.
Jul 15
Poolesville, Maryland

If You Could Talk to the Animals

Walk and talk with the critters of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.
Sunset at Kingsland Wildflowers.
Jul 19
Brooklyn, New York

Kingsland Wildflowers Tour

Tour the thriving meadows spanning a rooftop in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods and learn its history from Newtown Creek Alliance historian, Mitch Waxman.
Jul 19
Barrington Hills, Illinois

Place de la Musique Tour

Explore a secret wonderland of musical automatons, Victorian ephemera, steam engines, and French carousels.
Jul 21
Brooklyn, New York

A Mid-Summer Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The Oddities Flea Market is returning for a mid-summer celebration, and Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
No Lobbyists Beyond This Point.
Jul 21
Washington, D.C., United States

Washington's Most Infamous Lobbyist

Peer into the only-in-D.C. world of high-powered lobbyists with Audio Walks creator Olivier Ballou.
Gernman actress Hedwig Reicher portraying "Columbia" in front of the Treasury Building.
Jul 22
Washington, D.C., United States

Following in the Footsteps of Suffragists

Join author Rebecca Boggs Roberts as we retrace the path of the famed 1913 Suffragists March.
Diorama #8 "God's Universal Form."
Jul 22
Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Get ready to experience Krishna's transcendental manifestations.
From Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Jul 24
Seattle, Washington

Supernatural Cats and the Meowtropolitan

Enjoy tales of supernatural cats with Japanese folklorist Zack Davisson at Seattle's first cat cafe.
Comet Lodge Cemetery discarded headstones
Jul 27
Seattle, Washington

Flashlight Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Explore the tragic history and forgotten inhabitants of Seattle’s abandoned Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Jul 29
Denver, Colorado

Lost Theaters

Atlas Obscura Society Denver welcomes you to an afternoon of delightful dancing, drinking, and debauchery.
Aug 9
Seattle, Washington

Activist Artmaking: Behind the Scenes at Amplifier

Visit with the creative team behind the iconic "We The People" campaign.
Pillars Park.
Aug 12
Seattle, Washington

Urban Arbortechture

Join artist Susan Robb on a tree trek that looks at social justice, city planning, and public and private space.
Aug 12
Boulder, Colorado

Last Call in Boulder: The History of a Dry City

Explore the history of Boulder from dry city through the current explosion in home brewing.
Polar Bar.
Aug 16
Seattle, Washington

Parlor Games at Polar Bar

Tour this Seattle landmark that's on the National Register of Historic Places, before retiring to the atmospheric Polar Bar, where you'll learn a vintage card game.
Hawaiian Chieftain.
Sep 7
Kirkland, Washington

Tall Tales, Tall Ship

Get out on the water in a night of sailing, song, and sea creatures aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain.
Team Oddities, Meagan Meli, Ryan Cohn, and Regina Cohn,
Sep 29
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Market by Ryan and Regina Cohn is coming to Los Angeles!
Comet Lodge Cemetery discarded headstones
Oct 27
Seattle, Washington

Flashlight Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Explore the tragic history and forgotten inhabitants of Seattle’s abandoned Comet Lodge Cemetery.
Mar
3 - 9
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Courtesy of Science Friday.
Jun 21
Seattle, Washington

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday

Join the Science Friday crew and local band The Mermen to celebrate Cephalopod week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange, tentacled creatures.
Two decade of correspondence between Hunter S. Thompson and his boyhood friend.
Jun 21
New York, New York

The Secrets of Historic Handwriting, with Sotheby's

A one-night-only chance to examine handwritten personal notes by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Keats, while enjoying one of the most remarkable private spaces in New York City.
Cuttlefish Feasting.
Jun 21
Washington, D.C., United States

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.
Jun 20
San Francisco, California

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday and KQED crew to celebrate Cephalopod Week with libations and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
Jun 20
Denver, Colorado

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.
Giant Squid.
Jun 20
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.
Vampire Squid.
Jun 19
Los Angeles, California

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.
Courtesy of Science Friday.
Jun 18
Chicago, Illinois

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday!

Join the Science Friday crew to celebrate Cephalopod Week with libations, live performances, and an immersion into the underwater world of these strange tentacled creatures.
Jun 17
Los Angeles, California

Phantasma Gloria

Discover a glorious glasswork homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, hidden in Echo Park.
Inside the Japanese Village.
Jun 17
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.
Beekeeper Marvin Jordana.
Jun 17
Los Angeles, California

Urban Beekeeping 101

Suit up and meet a colony of bees at Elysian Valley Community Garden.
Jun
13 - 17
Utah

Into the Wilds of Utah, In Search of Tiny Owls

Led by an expert avian biologist, experience one of the most secretive owl species in North America.
100-inch telescope.
Jun 16
California

The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

Gaze beyond our galactic borders with Edwin Hubble's telescope.
Art Deco architecture and sculpture adorn the local public elementary school.
Jun 16
Greenbelt, Maryland

Discover Greenbelt's Utopian Community of Tomorrow

An Art Deco dream to some and a hotbed of radical socialism to others.
The Claus-Lipsius monument.
Jun 16
Brooklyn, New York

Brewers’ Row: The Beer Barons of Bushwick at The Evergreens Cemetery

Come explore the unique brewing history and culture of Brooklyn’s German immigrant brewers at The Evergreens Cemetery, the final resting place of several notable beer barons.
The L.A. River.
Jun 16
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound.