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Murphy Ranch.
Jan 20
Los Angeles, California

Murphy Ranch Hike

Investigate the mysteries of Murphy Ranch, the alleged National Socialist commune deep in the wilds of Rustic Canyon.
Civil War soldier with a guitar and one leg.
Jan 20
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Cut It Off! An Amputation Demonstration

Watch as a skilled medical historian amputates a (model) leg using Civil War-era surgical tools at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office.
Blood Moon in the sky.
Jan 20
Los Angeles, California

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Adventure

Experience a total lunar eclipse up close and personal with the experts from SkiesAway.
Blaeu guiana.
Jan 23
Denver, Colorado

Enter the World of Mythological Maps

From mythical islands to legendary kingdoms, imaginary mountains to nonexistent rivers, join us to explore cartography myths!
Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert.
Jan 23
Pasadena, California

Egyptian Hall Museum

A guided visit through the fascinating collection of the oldest private magic museum in America.
The organist at work.
Jan 24
Chicago, Illinois

The Mighty Wurlitzer: A History of the Theatre Organ

Join us for a rare demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at the Chicago Theatre as part of the 2019 Movie Palace Series.
Steve Ainsworth.
Jan 25
Boulder, Colorado

The Art of Solving a Cold Case

Indulge your inner detective and learn how cold cases are solved!
The Chicago Coliseum, original home of the First Ward Ball.
Jan 25
Chicago, Illinois

Atlas Obscura Presents: The First Ward Ball

Party like it's 1890 with a night of music, vice district history, burlesque performances, casino games, and more!
Ruins of Seneca Quarry Stonecutting Mill.
Jan 26
Poolesville, Maryland

The Ruins of Seneca Quarry

Join us for a guided hike through crumbling ruins with ties to the Smithsonian Castle and a presidential scandal.
Buckhorn Exchange
Jan 26
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
Nelson Algren.
Jan 26
Chicago, Illinois

Pop-up Theater: The Life and Death of Nelson Algren

A theatrical account of the life of Chicago writer, Nelson Algren, alongside a seance in the neighborhood in which he spent his final years.
The garden is a steep labyrinth where surprise waits around every corner.
Jan 26
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Hills Sculpture Garden

Located just below the Hollywood Sign is a garden filled with contemporary sculptures. Join us for an exclusive sunset stroll of this private art collection with founder and artist Dr. Robby Gordon.
Jan 27
Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Take a rare opportunity to step inside the hidden world of L.A.-based fashion designer Peter Lai, with an incredible private tour led by the artist himself.
Harpsichord studio.
Jan 27
Los Angeles, California

It Doesn't Want to Sound Good

Hurdy-gurdies, harpsichords, and the craft of making an instrument sing.
Dice
Jan 27
Denver, Colorado

The Secrets of Sleight of Hand

Enjoy an afternoon of mystery and walk away with a few tricks up your sleeve.
Villa Narcissa
Jan 27
Palos Verdes, California

Tea at the Villa Narcissa

Join artist Katrina Vanderlip on an exclusive tour of her legendary family's seaside estate in Palos Verdes.
Samples of Victorian hair work.
Feb 2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interwoven Sentiments

Learn about one of the Victorian era's most fascinating mourning practices while creating an eternal keepsake.
Restoration project
Feb 3
Irwindale, California

A Home for Wayward Carousel Horses

Visit a menagerie of whimsical merry-go-round creatures in various stages of restoration.
Jim Holstein with Rock Samples
Feb 3
Chicago, Illinois

Rocks that Rock! An Afternoon With a Field Museum Geologist

An exclusive opportunity to handle rock samples from the geology department of The Field Museum in a unique rock climbing gym in the West Loop.
Sign at Paul Kaufman's Store and Workshop
Feb 9
Los Angeles, California

Paul Kaufman Shoe Design Masterclass

An in-depth workshop exploring the foundational elements of shoe design with a legendary shoe designer.
One of the many entrances to the Pedway.
Feb 9
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Underground: The Pedway Scavenger Hunt

Let this weatherproof, indoor scavenger hunt take you down into the depths of the city.
A basket of sea salt
Feb 9
Washington, D.C.

History Worth Its Salt

Common table salt has an incredible history – join us as we learn and taste its salty past!
New inside view of the Museum.
Feb 9
Lake Balboa, California

Valley Relics Museum

Explore a treasure trove of SoCal history and artifacts at the Valley Relics Museum in the SF Valley.
Stereoscopic views of the U.S. Capitol.
Feb 10
Washington, D.C.

Looking Through Time: The Past in 3D

Take a gander through the lens as we look at the history of stereoscopy.
Robert Cornelius' self portrait in daguerreotype, 1839.
Feb 12
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Daguerreotypes of Robert Cornelius

Learn about the past and present of photography in Philadelphia and the city's groundbreaking work to preserve its history.
I ♥ Beer and Buttons.
Feb 13
Chicago, Illinois

All Buttoned Up!

A singular after-hours experience at the nation’s only museum dedicated to pinback buttons, housed within a bustling modern day button-making factory.
Skewered locust.
Feb 14
Seattle, Washington

A Valentine's Day Insect Feast

Munch on crickets, locusts, and Chinese medicinal ants in an iconic 1960s dive bar.
Ruins of the St. Francis Dam.
Feb
17 - 23
Santa Clarita, California

The St. Francis Dam Disaster

Hike the ruins of the dam that took 400 lives and ended the career of William Mulholland.
Bardahl sign and headquarters.
Feb 22
Seattle, Washington

Inside Bardahl: A Guided Tour

Explore the headquarters of this automotive empire and meet legendary race car driver Al Young.
All partygoers are worthy of suspicion!
Feb 22
Chicago, IL

Murder Mystery Soiree

Whodunnit? A Prohibition-era murder mystery for the ages!
Challengers Comics.
Feb 28
Chicago

An Interactive History of Comics

Explore the history of comics, zines, & more at Challengers Comics.
A 1907 postcard of the Conservatory's original building.
Mar 2
Chicago, Illinois

Discover and Draw: Garfield Park Conservatory

A private tour of Chicago’s “landscape art under glass,” followed by a quick lesson in drawing plantlife.
King cake.
Mar 2
Chicago, Illinois

Pączki vs. King Cake: Battle of the Mardi Gras Pastries

Indulge in these tasty treats as you learn about their religious, resourceful, and (really) unhealthy histories.
Mar
3 - 9
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Swazzle's work on "Kidding"
Mar 10
Glendale, California

Creatures Under Construction

These fascinating characters aren't born—they're built.
Roller Skates.
Mar 10
Summit, Illinois

Roller Skating in the Movies

Learn about Hollywood's history of roller skating, and then lace up a pair of skates for a few loops around the rink yourself.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
Apr 6
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market's Rites of Spring: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

This spring, Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early in this extended shopping session!
Sunrise over the Port of LA
Apr
13 - 14
Los Angeles, California

Bunk Up On the Battleship IOWA

An exclusive overnight on the historic USS Iowa under some big guns.
Apr
27
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May
7
Morocco

Morocco’s Mountains, Medinas, and Desert Oases

Explore ancient desert fortresses, wander maze-like medinas, and spend your nights in traditional riads and palm-grove oases. Join Atlas Obscura for a week of adventure across Morocco’s spectacular and sprawling terrain.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
May 18
Los Angeles, California

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

The legendary Oddities Flea Market curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Cohn is returning to Los Angeles! TWO DAYS this time. Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early!
Sep
10 - 16
Tambopata, Peru

Expedition Amazon

Come experience rare wildlife and conservation biology on this adventure deep into the jungle.
Oct
16 - 26
Morocco

Morocco’s Mountains, Medinas, and Desert Oases

Explore ancient desert fortresses, wander maze-like medinas, and spend your nights in traditional riads and palm-grove oases. Join Atlas Obscura for a week of adventure across Morocco’s spectacular and sprawling terrain.
Graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee.
Jan 19
Seattle, Washington

Lake View Cemetery Walking Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Lake View Cemetery. Learn about the history of the cemetery, the stories of our city's founders and famous residents, and other Seattle legends as we visit various monuments.
Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.
Jan 19
Van Nuys, California

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary

Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with sewage water.
Explorer's Club.
Jan 18
New York, New York

Excursion to the Explorers Club

Behind the closed doors of this legendary clubhouse awaits a treasure trove of artifacts collected over a century of expeditions to the far corners of the earth (and beyond).
New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book Room.
Jan 17
New York, New York

New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Plague and Pestilence

Discover the fascinating written history of plague and human diseases through an after-hours exploration of the Academy's incredible collection of rare medical textbooks and manuscripts.
Sleeping Beauty's castle, in Disneyland.
Jan 16
Anaheim, California

The Secret Life of Disneyland

Discover the hidden world inside the Magic Kingdom.
Grizzly River Run
Jan 16
Anaheim, California

Altered State: Disney California Adventure

Discover a unique and changing vision of California, all with the Disney twist.
A set of magic ball and cup used in Rabkin's performances.
Jan 13
Chicago, Illinois

Sideshow and Sleight of Hand: A Showcase of Intrigue and Illusions

Join Atlas Obscura for an exclusive show of magic and sideshow at Trickery Chicago.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Jan 13
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Flippers from the Williams pinball game "Demolition Man."
Jan 12
College Park, Maryland

How to Be a Pinball Wizard

Come learn the fraught history of a once illegal game, get tips from the pros, and time to play at MOM's Organic Market in College Park.
Examining store items with Smitha.
Jan 12
Artesia, California

Global Gastro, Local Tastes

Step up your Indian cooking skills with an expert home cook from League of Kitchens.
Drew Lobenstein's private home in Reseda.
Jan 12
Reseda, California

Homeward Bound: Pigeon Navigation

Meet a flock of homing pigeons and explore the mystery of bird navigation with the L.A. Pigeon Club.
Jan 12
Columbia City, Washington

Studio Tour: Bespoke Shoemaking

Visit industrial designer and shoemaker Michael Barakat in his studio to learn about the art of shoemaking.
Jan 9
Seattle, Washington

Preserving History at the UW Conservation Center

Visit with conservators at the University of Washington's Conservation Center to learn about the technologies involved in preserving rare objects.
Ryan and Regina Cohn
Apr 6
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market's Rites of Spring: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

This spring, Atlas Obscura has your ticket to skip the line and get in early in this extended shopping session!
Buckhorn Exchange
Jan 26
Denver, Colorado

Drinking History Tour of Denver

Join us for a historic bar crawl featuring three of Denver's most unusual and iconic locations.
Ethiopian coffee.
Dec 29
Seattle, Washington

The Original Coffee Break: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Experience an elaborate and immersive Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Milen Medhane of Kaffa Coffee.