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Natural History on the Big Screen: "When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time"
Baird Auditorium


  Courtesy of "When Whales Walked"






FREE ticketed event 

The Natural Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Channel, PBS, and TPT National Productions invite you to a special screening cut of When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time before it premiers on PBS and the Smithsonian Channel!

Hear from the filmmakers and scientists on the making of this film, and take a journey tracing the epic origin stories of some of the world's most spectacular creatures.

From Abu Dhabi to Argentina, Kenya to China, When Whales Walked takes viewers on a global adventure as top scientists investigate clues from the fossil record and use 21st-century technology to unlock the evolutionary secrets of crocodiles, birds, whales and elephants.

Followed by a Q&A discussion with Ellen Currano, Ph.D., Paleoecologist, University of Wyoming; Bill Gardner, Vice President, Programming and Development, PBS; Isaiah Nengo, Ph.D., Director of Research and Collections, Turkana Basin Institute and Hans Sues, Chair of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History. Charles Poe, Senior Vice President of Production, Smithsonian Channel, will moderate.

Accessibility Information

The National Museum of Natural History is committed to providing inclusive experiences for all audiences. Please contact 202-633-3611 or email for access services. To view and print a map with accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking, and more for Smithsonian facilities on the National Mall, please download the Accessibility Map here. 

If you would like to have a sign language interpreter or real-time captioning (CART), you should call (202) 633-3611 or send an e-mail to Please allow time to schedule the request by contacting the Accessibility Office at least 2 weeks prior to the program. We will do our best to accommodate last-minute requests.

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012
United States

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