Special Events

SUNDAY EVENING – Night at the Museum - National Museum of Natural History

The celebration of the 60th Anniversary of NCURA’s Annual Meeting kicks off at the National Museum of Natural History, the home of the Hope Diamond!  Enjoy an evening of refreshments while discovering the World’s most visited and largest natural history museum, dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it.               

This event is included in your conference registration, however, tickets for your guest(s) are available. Adult guest tickets are $50 and child guest tickets are free for children under 13 (registration is still required).  Based on guidelines provided by the Smithsonian, all guest tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite at the museum. Bus transportation to and from the museum will be offered, along with a menu sure to delight. 
To Avoid Lines:  Please make sure to wear your badge and please do not bring a bag with you.  Please only bring essentials - if you choose to bring a purse, there will be a separate bag check line. Click here for a list of the museums security and policies. 


 Join the Activity!

Load buses (Terrace Level of the Washington Hilton):        6:00pm-6:30pm
Buses depart Washington Hilton hotel for the Museum:     6:30pm
Reception                                                                             7:00pm-10:00pm
1st set of buses to depart museum                                       8:30pm-9:00pm
Last buses to depart museum                                              10:00pm

Guest tickets are available and can be purchased onsite at the NCURA Marketplace.        

TUESDAY EVENING – 60th Annual Meeting "Denim and Diamonds Celebration"



Following a great day of sessions on Tuesday, August 7th, get ready to dance the night away to the sounds of Soul Source and the No-cost Extensions, a group of research administrators by day and rock stars by night, as we welcome them back to the Hilton stage for the Denim and Diamonds celebration (bedazzling optional). 

Kick back and relax, enjoy live music, food stations and your peers, for a 60th Anniversary party you won’t forget. Event attire – Denim and Diamonds! Wear your favorite Denims or your best cocktail dress; everything is “in” at NCURA’s 60th Anniversary, Denim & Diamonds Celebration! 

Adult Guest Tickets: $95

Young Adult Guest Tickets (under the age of 21): $77

Children under the age of 13 are Free.

"Soul Source and the No-cost Extensions"  Sponsored in part by
Baker Tilly, NCURA Silver Plus Contributing Sponsor