Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Excite your atoms at After Dark: Glow, a festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows celebrating the close of the year.
Bask in the cascading colors of Mark Lottor’s Core Chandelier and encounter the otherworldly gleam of Metamorphosis, a 1:1000 scale model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko designed by Jason Klimoski and developed and fabricated by David Delgado and Dan Goods.
Marvel at Hybycozo, or Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone, a series of monumental geometric objects by Serge Beaulieu and Yelena Filipchuk (inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Mentally wander through the mesmerizing fractals of Nathan Kandus’ Between Dimensions, and stop to smell—or see—the illuminated flowers: Joerg Student’s Blumen Lumen responds to your presence with a blooming display; Todd Cooper’s Happy Flower Lamps springs to life beneath dozens of UV lights; and Sustainable Magic’s Magic Garden offers a profusion of robotic flowers that diffuse, reflect, or fluoresce with different wavelengths of light.
Behold the first crowdfunded, genetically modified organism with the Glowing Plant team, and examine naturally glowing rocks and minerals with the San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society. Get to know the fluorescent features of local and exotic scorpions with Classroom Safari, and play with exhibits to explore glowing worms and bacteria, light-sensitive plankton, and other light-related phenomena.
Learn about blue LEDs with Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman and watch the larger-than-life LED display of Litewall, a collaborative, do-it-together project created by students in the Digital Media Department at San Jose State University.
Experiment with conductive inks to make glowing paper circuit cards with AgIC and Tinkering Studio staff, investigate different lightbulbs with the Explainers, make glowing slime and bubbles with Explorables, and meet with Exploratorium scientist Julie Yu to discover fluorescence in everyday objects—including yourself.