The Carnegie Institution hosts public programs in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and San Marino, CA.All lectures are free and open to the public. 


Capital Science Evening Lectures

Since 1991, the Carnegie Institution has hosted extraordinary researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines as part of the Capital Science Evenings lecture series. The lectures provide a unique opportunity to connect with some of the most gifted investigators in science and hear the stories behind their discoveries.

These hour-long lectures, followed by a brief question and answer period, go beyond the media accounts for a firsthand look at the “ah-ha” moments, the setbacks, and the triumphs that drive brilliant minds and fundamentally change our understanding of the world around us. 


Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures

The Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with Carnegie scientists at our campus in northwest Washington DC. These lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour, followed by a brief question and answer period. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments. The campus is located at the intersection of Broad Branch Road and 32nd Street in northwest Washington, DC.Parking is available on campus and accessible via Jocelyn and 32nd Streets. Street parking is permissible.The campus is a short, three-block walk from Connecticut Avenue and two blocks south of Military Road. For directions, click here.


Astronomy Lecture Series

Since 2002,  the Carnegie Observatories has organized an annual series of four public lectures on current astronomical topics.  These lectures are given by staff astronomers and postdoctoral researchers from the Carnegie Observatories, as well as from other prominent astronomy research institutions.  The lectures are geared to the general public and are free, and last for approximately one hour, followed by a brief question and answer period. All four lectures are held at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marnino, CA.