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The 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner

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Ticketing is now open for the 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA. We are also offering a special block of discounted early-bird tickets, available to all guests before Saturday, September 1!

The Lowell Thomas Awards were first presented on the occasion of The Explorers Club’s 75th anniversary, October 17, 1980, to a group of outstanding explorers including Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Sylvia Earle, and Lowell Thomas himself. Since that time, the honor has been bestowed upon Buzz Aldrin, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jim Lovell, Mae Jemison, Sir David Attenborough, Chuck Yaeger, and many more.

As a community dedicated to preserving the instinct to explore, we have always valued curiosity, determination, and ingenuity. For our 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards, we celebrate individuals who have demonstrated the skills necessary to engineer groundbreaking expeditions and expeditionary science.

Our 2018 Lowell Thomas Awardees are an incredible group, including organismic & evolutionary biologist Peter Girguis, aerospace biomedical engineer and space suit designer Dava Newman, groundbreaking Egyptologist Sarah Parcak, Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission Alan Stern, and Nobel prize-winning physicist Rainer Weiss.​

Held at the venerable Boston Museum of Science and featuring a weekend of events at incredible cultural institutions across the "cradle of liberty," the 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards promises to be an event guests won't soon forget. More information on weekend excursions and auction items coming soon.


Friday, October 26
•  Weekend VIP Kickoff Cocktail Party with Awardees and Special Guests co-hosted with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. For Bunker Hill & Ticonderoga ticket holders, as well as all table buyers.

Saturday, October 27
•  Morning Awardee Symposium open to all guests.
•  VIP Lunch with Awardees and Special Guests, for Ticonderoga ticket and table buyers.
•  Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction at the Museum of Science in Boston.
•  The Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner, black tie gala at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Sunday, October 28
•  VIP Choice of Sunday Excursions, for Bunker Hill & Ticonderoga ticket holders, as well as all table buyers. More details to follow.
•  Sunday Presentations open to all guests.


The Royal Sonesta (40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge) is our preferred hotel for the weekend and is walking distance from the Museum of Science. Our rate starts at $269 per night, please make all reservations through the specific link below. The Club was able to extend the specialty price to include Thursday for those arriving in town early.

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