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An Explorer's Night of Wonder

Celebrate the debut of the very first Atlas Obscura book with a night of wonder and curiosities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard!

Join us on September 24th as we celebrate the release of the very first Atlas Obscura book: Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders!

We're inviting you inside one of the Brooklyn Navy Yard's cavernous industrial warehouses—soon to be converted into the Mast Brothers chocolate factory—for an evening of entertainment and discovery. Keeping in strict observance of all things unusual and wondrous, our book launch will be taking the form of a miniature wonder fair, filled with live music by Salt Cathedral, unique performances by 7textures, and locally crafted beer courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery. In living up to the Atlas Obscura credo: you never know what, or who you might find there.

On Saturday, September 24th, you'll have the chance to chat and ask questions to Atlas Obscura founders Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, and co-author Ella Morton. We'll spend an evening delving into the most astonishing and curious locations highlighted in the book, provided in partnership with WORD Bookstores. All the while, we'll be in the midst of aerialist acts, roving performers, and live music at the heart of Brooklyn's historic navy yard.

Wonders featured in the book include: 

  • A fire that’s been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for 40 years.
  • Thousands of synchronized fireflies that inexplicably flash in unison in a cluster of mangrove trees outside Kuala Lumpur.
  • The self-mummifying monks of Japan.
  • The world’s only museum dedicated to displaying art made from human hair.

From the Glowworm Caves of New Zealand to the bioluminescent squid of Toyama Bay, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders includes location information and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside. An immersive cabinet of curiosities that’s meant to inspire wonderlust as much as wanderlust by sharing places that could never be found without a tip from someone in the know, Atlas Obscura proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look. 

DETAILS:
Saturday, September 24, 2016; 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Individual Ticket: $50
Individual Ticket - Student: $40 (Please be prepared to show your student ID at check in)
Individual Ticket + Atlas Obscura Book: $75
Duo Ticket (2 Tickets + 1 Book): $120

An Explorer's Night of Wonder is the first of 13 events taking place across the country to celebrate the launch of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. See the full event line-up here.