Science on Tap

Smithsonian National Zoological Park v Buffalo Museum of Science

Science on Tap events are growing in popularity among young professionals. However, how mission based and relevant these events are depends on the institution.  This post will take an unbiased look at two Science on Tap events at different institutions, along with other related events at said institutions.

Example 1:  National Zoo-Science on Tap

For the first hour of the event, attendees buy beer and wine from the cash bar and chat with zoo scientists and animal keepers. The second half of the event allows the attendees to submit questions that they want answered by the zoo staff panel.  Members of the panel from the last Science on Tap event included primate, giant panda, bird, and small mammal keepers, the curator of enrichment and training, and pathologists.

Other related events:

Brew at the Zoo-With the cost of their ticket, attendees receive a commemorative mug and samples from more than thirty microbrews.  There is also live music and food available for purchase.  Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo help support animal care, education, sustainability and conservation science.

Snore & Roar-An adult version of the popular zoo overnight program, this experience offers participants a two-hour tour, zoo hike, wine and cheese, a tent to spend the night in and breakfast the next morning.

Example 2: Buffalo Museum of Science-Science on Tap

Admission to Buffalo’s event includes a commemorative mug with ten drink tickets that are good for one beer tasting each. There is unlimited food sampling, home brewing demonstrations and live entertainment.  Attendees can also learn about the science of beer, the sociology of beer and the history of beer in Buffalo.  The museum’s permanent exhibit and galleries are also open during the event.

Other related events:

Star Lights, Drinks & Bites-An evening of stargazing mixed with wine and beer tasting, Star Lights, Drinks & Bites is strictly for the twenty-one and older crowd. Proceeds from the event go towards the museum and the Tifft Nature Preserve.

Museum’s Attic- This fundraiser gives participants a chance to view the museum’s collections that are not on public display.  Events include behind-the-scenes tours, a treasure hunt, auctions, and of course food and drink.




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