Museum After Hours

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Museum After Hours

The Gaithersburg Community Museum is putting a new twist on nightlife in Gaithersburg with its After Hours program. With its doors open after the sun sets, visitors can enjoy the Museum in a whole new way with insightful presentations and lively discussion with local historians, authors & scientists. All programs are held in the Museum’s historic 1953 RDC railcar.

“While we welcome visitors of all ages, we wanted to open our doors after hours and let the adults geek out with interesting topics and programs just for them,” says Program Coordinator Karen Lottes. “Many of the events provide the opportunity to hang out with friends and enjoy whiskey, beer or tea tastings prior to the discussion.”

Pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated. ID required for alcohol tastings. Registration opens on November 5. Contact the Community Museum for information and registration.

Tastings start at 7 p.m. Talks begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
$10 per person.


Friday, November 16, 2018 - CANCELLED

Friday, December 7, 2018
Gaithersburg Must List

Gaithersburg resident and creator of the blog and podcast The MoCo Show, Alex Tsironis, explores what makes Gaithersburg a great place to live and play.

Tasting with Brawling Bear Brewing, currently Gaithersburg’s only microbrewery.

Friday, January 11, 2019
What Happened to the Milky Way?

Many in this area can remember a time when it wasn’t that unusual to see the Milky Way, but today light pollution has made it rare enough to be newsworthy. Dr. Harold Williams, Director of the Montgomery College Planetarium, will discuss the Dark Skies Movement and what it means for our night skies.

Tasting with Supreme Core Cider, a new cidery in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Tasting at 3 p.m.; Talk at 3:30
The World War I Experience for African American Soldiers

Many African American men saw World War I as an opportunity to gain respect through military service. They volunteered and were drafted, but even in war segregation determined where and how they served. Military historian Lt. Col. Roger Cunningham (USA-ret.) will explore the experience of African American soldiers in World War I.

Tasting with Shafa Blends, a family-owned tea and spice shop in Gaithersburg.

Friday, March 8, 2019
Merciful Minerva! Suffrage and the Birth of Wonder Woman

Inspired by the women’s suffrage movement of the 1910s, William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in 1941 as a new type of woman he believed should rule the world. More than 75 years later she continues to be an icon of strength and liberation for generations of young girls and women. Park Ranger Heidi Dietze will discuss how Wonder Woman broke through sexist barriers.

Tasting with True Respite Brewing Company, a brewery and taproom in Rockville.

Friday, April 5, 2019
What Do Pirates Have to Do with the Metric System?

It was 1794. The United States was a young nation, but its founders were very interested in promoting standards to help our economy. We were on the cusp of going metric when pirates intervened. Keith Martin, librarian at NIST, shares what he discovered when researching this story.

Tasting with Dragon Distillery, a small, veteran-owned distillery specializing in small batch artisan spirits.