After Dark: Creature Feature

Thursday, October 14, 2021 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

Snakes, spiders, and scorpions, oh my! We share a planet with all sorts of creepy-crawlies and fantastic beasts. They can inspire curiosity, wonder, and a healthy dose of fear. Encounter some of the strangest creatures that have been discovered and learn about the legends that some of them have inspired during this wild night at After Dark. 

Just for Tonight:

Creepy Crawlies
With Classroom Safari

6:00–10:00 p.m.
Gallery 4

Get an up-close (...but not too close) look at spiders, lizards, snakes, snapping turtles, and more. Animal educator Bonnie Cromwell brings a range of reptiles and insects—offering a chance to learn about these creatures in a safe environment and dispel any irrational fears.

DJ Lazyboy
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through Hip Hop culture.

Six-Legged Scares
With Ralph Washington, Jr.

8:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Insects are among the most superficially alien creatures we know, yet they feature prominently in our daily lives. This contrast between foreign and familiar has influenced designs in many horror films, including the work of H.R. Giger, David Cronenberg, and Guillermo Del Toro. Despite their apparently bizarre traits, it is easy to appreciate the virtues of insects when we learn more about their lives. Join us for a Halloween-inspired discussion of the potent ways that insects provoke fear and fascination. 


Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

Curious about what to expect during your visit? Check out our current safety protocols and guidelines.