After Dark: Glow Opening

Thursday, November 17, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.

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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.

Turn up the radiance this winter! Visible light inspires us across cultures, reveals nature’s beauty, and contains clues about the history of space and time. Tonight, join us for the opening of Glow: Discover the Art of Light, a collection of luminous sculptures big and small that invite you to connect to, reflect on, and interact with light. Hear from Glow artists about their work, and dive into the processes that illuminate their sculptures. Gather under Luke Jerram’s installation Museum of the Moon to enjoy a special performance from pianist Tammy L. Hall and soprano Leberta Lorál. Don’t miss this wondrous seasonal expansion of the Exploratorium’s iconic exhibits on light.

Glow features artworks by Anila Quayyum Agha, Luke Jerram, Jen Lewin, Burt Libe, Craig Newswanger, and Sally Weber.

Moonlit Music 
With Tammy L. Hall and Leberta Lorál

8:15 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Join pianist Tammy L. Hall and soprano Leberta Lorál beneath the glow of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon. The moon has inspired musicians and composers across time and genre. Tonight, Hall and Lorál harness this inspiration to present a celebratory performance.

Neon-Bending Demo
With Meryl Pataky and Ames Palms

7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Gallery 2

Neon signs serve as beautiful, glowing beacons that activate our city streets. Did you know that every single one is made by hand? Join artist Meryl Pataky at this neon-bending demo, where she’ll share her process step by step and introduce you to the tools she uses. Meryl will be accompanied by Ames Palms, who will show you neon-bending in action!

Meet the Artists
Bechtel Gallery 3

Throughout the night, hear from some Glow artists and an Exploratorium exhibit technician about their artworks and processes. Look for them right next to their works as they share, show, and answer your questions.

Phil Ramey
7:15 p.m.
Meet at The Enchanted Tree to take a peek into electronic art history. Exploratorium Senior Exhibit Technician Phil Ramey will share how this 1971 work by Burt Libe was restored.

Jen Lewin
7:30 p.m.
Meet at The Last Ocean, a 1,200-square-foot landscape of interactive platforms illuminated by visitor activity. 

Sally Weber, Craig Newswanger, and Jonathan Crawford
7:45 p.m.
Meet at Entangled Attraction and gaze up at an array of 300 spiraling lights. Then learn about RayLights, an artwork that produces ever-changing, mandala-like light patterns that are synchronized to ambient sounds.


Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.

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