NEW DATE: Friday, June 26, 2020 • 8:00 p.m.–midnight

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco

Adults Only (21+)

In light of recent advisories issued by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and the California Department of Public Health related to slowing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have decided to postpone Afterglow (previously scheduled for Friday, May 1) to Friday, June 26, 2020. In the event that public gatherings are not permitted in June, we will instead produce a special virtual experience highlighting the Exploratorium’s mission and the impact that can be enjoyed remotely.

As you can imagine, closure of the museum has created an economic challenge for the Exploratorium, as it has for so many. Your support is more needed now than ever before.

We are aggressively ramping up an effort to share our valuable learning experiences online during this time. Ticket purchases for Afterglow help support both this online work and the Exploratorium’s broader mission to transform learning worldwide. In the event that Afterglow moves to a digital experience, we hope that you will consider the price of your ticket an unrestricted contribution to the Exploratorium.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

We greatly appreciate your generous support of the Exploratorium during this unique and uncertain time. And we invite you to visit our main website, now repurposed for online learning, including our new Learning Toolbox at We encourage you to share our website with friends and family around the world, particularly those at home with kids looking for fun educational activities. Or use it to rediscover your own inner curiosity!


Join us for the ultimate Exploratorium dance party! Afterglow 2020 transforms the Exploratorium into an immersive experience, with music, open bars, delicious bites, and one-night-only interactive surprises. Your ticket purchase supports our mission to create extraordinary learning experiences and transform science education worldwide.

$100 ($120 at the door)

Not a member? Join now.

$125 (save $20)

Dual After Dark Package
(two Afterglow tickets + Dual After Dark membership)
$240 (save $45)


Your ticket includes

All-inclusive open bars and treats

Sip inventive cocktails, craft beers, and more from open bars throughout the museum, and savor hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats—it’s all included.

Immersive experiences

Look out for one-night-only interactive surprises, and experience the delight of illusion with Tristan Duke’s Aperture Lucida.

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Engage your brand

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