Thursday, January 30
Exploratorium After Dark: Radioactivity | Pier 15
What’s going on inside the nucleus of an atom, and why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you’re exposed to radioactivity every day? Get the facts about this somewhat controversial topic with scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman.
Thursday, February 6
Exploratorium After Dark: Science of Light | Pier 15
Watch science come to light at After Dark. Light brings energy and color to our world, and photonics is the study of how it’s generated and the varied ways it can be modulated, amplified, and detected. Learn about industrial applications through LASER and fiber optics ...
Thursday, February 13
Exploratorium After Dark: Sexplorations | Pier 15
Sex involves the transfer of genetic information that has resulted in evolution and specialization—and one of the hottest evenings in town, scientifically speaking. Discover some surprising ways that sperm and eggs come together. And, on this eve of Valentine’s Day, taste the classic aphrodisiac—oysters—at Pairings.
Thursday, February 20
Exploratorium After Dark: It’s Elemental! | Pier 15
Come be in your elements with Exploratorium host and scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman. Follow tales of intrigue and invention, join in dynamic demonstrations, and uncover fascinating connections between individual elements and our collective human experience. This week, learn about Earth’s rarest nonradioactive metal, rhodium, which ...
Thursday, February 27
Exploratorium After Dark: Wired World | Pier 15
In a world that’s wired, how much data is being collected, and how much of that data is useful? In light of California’s recently enacted, groundbreaking law around data and privacy, pause to consider the implications of both the law and all the data we ...
Thursday, March 5
Exploratorium After Dark: Imprints | Pier 15
What stories do our imprints—both physical and digital—tell? Through scientific and technological leaps, the trails we leave behind have the power to reveal unexpected details about us. Hear from archivists using traces of DNA to reconstruct characteristics of lost societies, and the evidence digital footprints ...
Thursday, March 12
Exploratorium After Dark: Fungi | Pier 15
There’s a fungus among us; in fact; they’re everywhere. Discover how the kingdom of (non-plant, but plant-like) fungi—which includes mushrooms, yeasts, and molds—plays a vital role not only in our ecosystem, but as a source of food and of the promising therapeutic benefits of psilocybin. ...
Thursday, March 19
Exploratorium After Dark: Synthetic Biology | Pier 15
Transformations in DNA synthesis are changing agriculture, medicine, and scientific research—but how, and what long-term effects will synthetic biology have on society and the environment? Find out more about this relatively new discipline and how it’s pushing the boundaries of science. And don’t miss the ...
Thursday, March 26
Exploratorium After Dark: The Universe | Pier 15
We tend to think of “home” as the building in which we live, or the city where we reside. But what is home in the context of…everything? Voyage to the edge of the known universe and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call ...
Sunday, May 10
Exploratorium Community Free Day: Mother’s Day 2020 | SF
The Exploratorium celebrates Mother’s Day with a special free admission day for all.
Happy Mother’s Day from The Exploratorium. To celebrate, they’re hosting Día de las Madres. All mothers—and especially Mamás latinas—and their families are invited to a day of fun at the Exploratorium. To honor ...