After Dark: Discover Wonder

Thursday, November 4, 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.

Spark your curiosity at After Dark!  As the sun sets, we’ll hit the rainbow lights, turn the music up, and open our doors, inviting you to take your imagination out to play. Be ready to bring fresh eyes to old favorites and uncover phenomenal new experiences. And join Exploratorium Osher Fellows Gregg Castro and Kanyon Sayers-Roods in an interactive dialog about their work, cultures, and experiences as natives of the Bay Area.

Just for Tonight

Cell Phone Miniscope
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Crossroads

We invite you to open your eyes to the amazing world of the ultra-tiny! Be sure to grab a miniscope kit and directions—then convert your cell phone into a portable, picture-taking miniscope using a simple plastic lens from a laser pointer. Use it to see the Exploratorium at its smallest scale, then take it home to continue exploring new environments!

DJ Franchise
From Hip Hop for Change

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

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJs from Hip Hop for Change set the vibe and keep the party moving all night! Mastering the divide between meticulously measured beats and feeling out a live crowd, Franchise has served the DJ scene well and provided many a memorable night. As the founder and resident of The GENERATIONS party, The BEATDOWN, DRE DAY - Bay Area, and many other beloved parties, Franchise continues to add followers to his ministry of music.

Pine Nut Bead Making
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Ask a Native: Conversations with Indigenous Activists 
With Gregg Castro and Kanyon Sayers-Roods

7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

While the legacy of colonization in California has long erased the stories of native communities, Ohlone peoples continue to live and thrive in the Bay Area. Contained in their experiences is deep knowledge, culture, and connection to land. How can we build new connections and relationships grounded in honesty? How can we “honor truth in history”? And how can we build our understanding without romanticizing native cultures? Join Gregg Castro and Kanyon Sayers-Roods in this dynamic conversation crafted for those seeking to engage directly with local California indigenous activists about their experiences and cultures, and to learn about the many surviving and thriving communities of native peoples in the Bay Area.

Film Screening: Ohlone People: Survivance to Thrivance 
8:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

In this new documentary, listen in on a conversation between Gregg Castro (Ramaytush/Rumsen) and Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Mutsun) discussing vital aspects of the Ohlone community.


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.