007 Reasons to Attend Door 19: Clams Casino Royale

Knock 3.14159 times on Door 19 for admission to an oddly charming evening that will forever change how you think about science. Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, dinosaurs and, for one night only, 007.

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, throw on a tuxedo t-shirt or rent the real deal, and get ready to spy on some fun! This night is for your eyes only — An evening of science and inquiry with a martini (shaken, not stirred) in your hand. Bring 007 of your friends and register soon; tomorrow never dies but the early-bird discount does.

You only live twice, so you better not miss it. Here are the top 007 experiences to look forward to!

001. The Open Bar

Partying with dinosaurs

Get shaken AND stirred at the open bar with our partners at 12th St Catering! You can enjoy your drinks in Dinosaur Hall, in front of a diorama or even in our Butterflies exhibit!

002. Behind-the-scenes Tours

Behind-the-scenes in Malacology

For one night only, sneak a secret peek at the specimens of the REAL James Bond or fictional Bond Girl Honey Ryder behind the scenes in our Ornithology and Malacology collections. You will go beyond the galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring our coolest specimens out to play. Our rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge. It will be “Shocking. Positively shocking.”

003. The Real James Bond

Ornithologist James Bond with author Ian Fleming
The real James Bond (left) with author Ian Fleming in Jamaica, 1964. ANS Archives Coll. 2010-045

During our Ornithology Behind-the-Scenes Tour you’ll learn all about the original Bond — an Academy ornithologist whose unwanted rise to fame occurred when the author Ian Fleming used Bond’s name for the 007 character. The original James Bond, curator of ornithology at the Academy, devoted his life to the study of birds of the West Indies. He proved that the birds of the Antilles, which had been considered neotropical, were actually predominantly an old North American fauna. He authored a field guide to the birds of the West Indies, which was the definitive resource on birds of the area. Fleming, an amateur birdwatcher with a house in Jamaica, considered Bond’s book “one of [his] bibles.” He used its author’s name for his main character, as he thought the name sounded “brief, unromantic and yet very masculine.” Source: A Glorious Enterprise.

004. Live Jazz

Sax and vocals for live jazz performance

Enjoy the sultry vocals of Meg North and the Victor North Trio with Victor North on saxophone, Steve Beskrone on bass and Frank Strauss on keyboard. Meg’s style has been described as swinging with a fresh and sexy quality, rich with the knowledge of jazz vocal history.

005. Live Animals

Educator shows live turtle to four young adults

Get as close as you dare to nature’s assassins, and discover why spy tech experts are turning to geckos for inspiration.

006. Games

Shoot some “craps” and learn about scat identification, try a little target practice with a twist and test your movie acumen with spy flick science trivia. Then take a break from the competition to assign yourself a cheeky animal code name.

007. Great Food

Desserts under dinosaur skeleton

Eat delicious food from our exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering (vegetarian options available).

Sign up for Door 19 anytime between now and April 11 — though we recommend NOW, because the early-bird discount ends Tuesday, April 2! Learn more and sign up for our April 11 Door 19 here.

March 20–April 2: $75 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni
April 3–April 10: $85 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

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