After Dark: Discover Wonder

Thursday, November 4, 2021 • 6:00 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!

Ask a Native 
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.

Kanyon "Coyote Woman" (Hahashkani) Sayers-Roods is a Mutsun-Ohlone and Chumash woman. She is proud of her heritage and her native name and is an active leader in the native community. Kanyon is the co-founder and CEO of Kanyon Konsulting LLC, where she strives to bridge the gap between indigenous and contemporary value systems. Her goal is to "make a difference in the lives of others by sharing her life experiences and knowledge about California Native Americans," focusing on "global education with emphasis on promoting understanding of the relationship between humanity and the natural world."

Gregg Castro [t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien-ramaytush Ohlone] has been involved in preservation of his cultural heritage for nearly three decades—both his late mother’s rumsien Ohlone heritage, and, on his late father’s side, the since-ended Salinan Nation Tribal Council (serving two terms as tribal chair) and currently the non-profit organization Salinan T’rowt’raahl. Gregg is a member of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA) and a co-facilitator for the annual California Indian Conference, a 30+-year gathering about California Indigenous heritage. Gregg is a writer and activist within the California indigenous community on issues regarding cultural preservation, protection, education, and traditional practices.


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.