Feed your head every Thursday night at After Dark at the Exploratorium. Savor unique, thought-provoking series for adults—plus, grab dinner and drinks by the Bay, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome, and explore.
Exploratorium After Dark
Thursday Nights | 6-10 pm
Exploratorium, Pier 15
$19.95 Adv/Door – Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
Adults Only (18+)
Cost update – As of 10/1/18 advanced ticket prices rose from $17.95 to $19.95
Adult tickets to the Exploratorium are nomally $29.95 so After Dark is $10 off.
Thursday, March 21
Exploratorium After Dark: Let’s Play | Pier 15
Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer believed that play—using objects and concepts in ways other than was originally intended—is essential to learning. “In fact,” he wrote, “in our rapidly changing culture, adults probably require play as much as children do.” Take a deep dive with emerging and ...
Thursday, March 28
Exploratorium After Dark: Outer Space | Pier 15
rom exoplanets to space biology, what exists outside of the boundaries of planet earth has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. Come catch a glimpse into what lies ahead in the future of space exploration and join Exploratorium host Ron Hipschman for Full-Spectrum ...
Thursday, April 4
Exploratorium After Dark: Throwback Thursday | Pier 15
We’re celebrating the Exploratorium’s 50th birthday, and you’re invited! At After Dark, we’re throwing it back to 1969, musing on the cultural environment from which the museum rose, and considering how that time period resonantes with the past and maybe impacts the future.
From the ...
Thursday, April 11
Exploratorium After Dark: Best Coast | Pier 15
The West Coast (often known as the Best Coast) and its unique history and environment have created an ever-changing culture and landscape.
Come explore the work of California artists, learn about our coastline, explore hidden histories of the state, and taste sustainably caught seafood in ...
Thursday, April 18
Exploratorium After Dark: Cannabis | Pier 15
Cannabis: Is it legal, or not? Cannabis became legal for recreational use in California in January 2018, but it remains a federally controlled substance. Dive into the social, judicial, economic, and environmental impacts of legalization, find out what has shifted in the legal and cultural ...
Thursday, April 25
Exploratorium After Dark: Tune In | Pier 15
Sound travels. From whale sounds audible over the span of miles to podcasts transmitted and listened to all over the globe, we’re living in an ocean of sound waves. Tune into what’s playing all around you with curated experiences about sound, the ways we use ...
Thursday, May 2
Exploratorium After Dark: Let’s Ride Bikes | Pier 15
Jump on your saddle and ride down the waterfront as we celebrate cycles and promote pedal power! In collaboration with the SF Bicycle Coalition and Bike to Work Month, we’ll explore the physics, culture, and sustainable future of bicycles. Watch cycling demos, marvel at unusual ...
Thursday, May 9
Exploratorium After Dark: Designed by Data | Pier 15
Data has never been more beautiful. As scientists, journalists, and researchers search for inventive and inclusive ways to share their work, the field of data visualization has flourished, extending into eye-popping terrain. In conjunction with Visualise, join visualization creators and experts from NASA, NOAA, the ...
Thursday, May 16
Exploratorium After Dark: The MAX Festival | Pier 15
Kick off the inaugural MAX (Media, Arts, Exploration) Festival at the Exploratorium as we celebrate humanity’s modern frontier: space. Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences, the MAX Festival has gathered local and international artists who explore the new space age.
Thursday, May 23
Exploratorium After Dark: Self, Made | Pier 15
Explore the many converging facets of identity on this journey to the center of the self. Question your assumptions, weigh your psychic baggage, and dare yourself to try on a new persona as you explore both self and society. Come as you are—and let’s take ...
Thursday, May 30
Exploratorium After Dark: Mirror, Mirror | Pier 15
Mirrors, arguably the first “virtual reality” technology, lie at the intersection of nature, culture, and self-recognition. Once small, rare, and owned only by the wealthy, today mirrors are everywhere—and are key to many modern tools, from HDTVs to solar-power plants and space telescopes. Reflect on ...
Thursday, June 6
Exploratorium After Dark: #SELFIE | Pier 15
How do we represent ourselves through the literal—and metaphorical—filters of popular culture, and how much control do we have over our own image? Ponder the ways popular culture can shape us as individuals by reflecting, forming, or refracting our concept of self, then consider the ...
Thursday, June 13
Exploratorium After Dark: You Are What You Eat | Pier 15
Literally and metaphorically, we are what we eat. From vitamins and minerals to our cultural heritages, food is physiologically and emotionally important. Cuisine is passed down from one generation to the next, becoming apart of who we are. Come explore how historical and current ...
Thursday, June 20
Exploratorium After Dark: Self-Styled | Pier 15
Beyond the skin we live in, clothing and accessory is a ubiquitous human visual identity. It can be a strong marker of culture, values, and resources. It can define how we see ourselves or how we want to be seen. Get your hands on contemporary ...
Thursday, June 27
Exploratorium After Dark: Pride | Pier 15
Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots in New York, and in conjunction with San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration, come commemorate and celebrate LGBT heritage and culture. Everyone is welcome at this evening exploring LGBT history in San Francisco and learning more about ...