Public Programs

The Museum offers a variety of public programs including lectures, readings, and hands-on activities for both children and adults. Expand your perspective and inspire your senses.

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Behind-the-scenes tours

Did you know that MNA’s collections were identified as a National Treasure in 2007? Come behind the scenes to see why these holdings have national significance and hear how these “stored” objects and specimens are used and protected.Tour Tickets

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Living Room Lecture Series

Spend an intimate evening with Museum researchers and visiting scholars at this monthly member lecture series. From archives and paleontology, to archaeology and biology, learn all about the exciting research being conducted on the Colorado Plateau. To become a Museum member, call 928.774.5211, ext. 219.

Ages 4-5

STEAM Second Saturdays
Join us the second Saturday of the month from 2-4 pm for exciting kids' programs, hands-on activities and creative crafts. Families and children of all ages are welcome. Come explore new topics each month! Free with one adult museum admission or membership.

Let's Talk About Dinosaurs

Tiny Tales
Toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers! Join us the final Monday of every month for a themed storytime featuring one or more tales of the animals, people, and places of the Colorado Plateau followed by a fun activity. Led by Museum educators and local authors, Tiny Tales is the perfect way for our youngest visitors to grow their listening skills, imagination, and creativity. Free with admission or membership (kids under 10 are free).

Web Gallery Talk

Gallery Talks
Led by exhibiting artists, curators, and scholars, our Gallery Talks offer insight into the inspiration and process behind special exhibitions. Free with museum admission or membership.


Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum
This series supports civil and civic discourse about issues impacting the environmental, social, and economic future of the Colorado Plateau. Free and open to the public.


Bookstore Events
Bookstore events occur year-round and include lectures by celebrated local and regional authors, book signings, and more.

Tony Norris

Thirsty Thursdays
Quench your cultural thirst at our summer after-hours series "Thirsty Thursdays". Browse our galleries and shops, and enjoy live music in the Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard. New entertainment weekly.


Sedona Lecture Series
Join the Sedona Muses of the Museum of Northern Arizona and noted artists, scientists, and authors for informative and insightful monthly discussions.


Hot Topics Cafe
A forum for civic discourse about matters of significance to our communities, presented by Northern Arizona University's Philosophy in the Public Interest. Free and open to the public.