Party at the Piers: Alchemy

Friday, May 3, 2019 • 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

Please note:The Exploratorium will be closed on Friday, May 3, 2019, to prepare for Party at the Piers: Alchemy.

Thank you for your support. Party at the Piers is now sold out.
For questions, email gala@exploratorium.edu.

George Cogan and Fannie Allen invite you to Party at the Piers: Alchemy on May 3, 2019. During the Exploratorium’s first 50 years, we’ve worked to transform traditional science education around the globe into something more precious than gold: joyful, inquiry-based experiences that empower people to understand the world around them.

At the most transformative party of the year, you’ll dine in a breathtaking setting and enjoy dazzling demonstrations and playful performances while celebrating the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favorite museum of science, art, and human perception. Join us as we celebrate a half century of enthusiastic exploration and look eagerly forward to the transformations of the future.

Your support of Party at the Piers and Afterglow will help the Exploratorium achieve another 50 years of transforming the way the world learns.


Set off this chain reaction on May 3:

two people in gold costumes

with attire that glitters, gleams, and dazzles. Wear your shiniest gold and metallic finery to celebrate the Exploratorium’s golden anniversary.

Mickey Hart performing

6:00 p.m.
with guests and exhibits at a radiant reception, and alter your state with music icon Mickey Hart and live multiphonic chanting demonstrations by Tibetan Gyuto monks in an otherworldly surround-sound experience.

People standing in front of light installation

7:00 p.m.
a memorable meal in the spectacularly transformed Bechtel Central Gallery, and get absorbed in a talk by artist Leo Villareal, who changed the Bay Bridge’s steel cables into glimmering quicksilver.

photo of reggie watts

8:00 p.m.
the dance floor at Afterglow with modern-day alchemist Reggie Watts, who mixes a wildly inventive compound from his formidable voice, looping pedals, and vast imagination.


Levels of Support and Benefits

Tables seat 10. All tables and tickets include:
– A delightful reception and extraordinary dinner at the Exploratorium, transformed like you’ve never seen it
– Access to Afterglow, the ultimate after party
– Grateful acknowledgment of your support for the Exploratorium’s mission on our Party at the Piers materials and donor wall
– Complimentary valet parking

$100,000 Gold Table
All Silver, Copper, and Chromium benefits plus:
–Private behind-the-scenes group tour with Chris Flink, William and Sakurako Fisher Executive Director, at a date and time of your convenience

$50,000 Silver Table
All Copper and Chromium benefits, plus:
– Special recognition all year in the Exploratorium’s 50th-anniversary signage and publicity
– Reserved table at Afterglow with champagne and dessert

$25,000 Copper Table/$2,500 Individual Ticket
All Chromium benefits plus:
– Priority seating in a spectacular dining environment created especially for Party at the Piers
– VIP reception to meet and mingle with event artists and speakers

$15,000 Chromium Table/$1,500 Individual Ticket
Enjoy all essential table and ticket benefits at this celebratory evening of science, art, and entertainment.


Don’t miss Afterglow, the ultimate after party

photo of Reggie Watts

Friday, May 3, 2019 • 8:00 p.m.–midnight

Performance by Reggie Watts, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, access to special experiences, and a few surprises.

Buy Afterglow Tickets
Afterglow tickets are $85 for members and $100 general admission; Party at the Piers attendees receive free access. This party is for adults 21 and older.


We deeply appreciate the generous support of our sponsors.

Reception Sponsor

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Premier Sponsor

United Airlines


Asset Management Company

First Republic Bank



Keep the Party Going at Afterglow

Center Stage Sponsor

Bain & Co.

Brilliant Sponsor


Support From

Akkadian Ventures
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Dodge & Cox
Jazz Ventures
Kaiser Permanente
MATT Construction
McGriff Insurance Services
Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Oracle Corporation
Power Engineering
Sidley Austin LLP
Wilson Meany

Consider engaging your brand at this celebration. Email Suzy Varadi, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement and Special Events, for information on sponsorship and other marketing opportunities at this incredible fundraiser.