After Dark: Light Play

Thursday, December 9, 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.

When our eyes are open, light streams into them continually. Can you describe how that light arrives, and how the images you see are formed? Tonight at After Dark, play around and test your assumptions about what you know about light. Experiment with reflection, shadows, mirrors, and more at our many hands-on exhibits. Then join Exploratorium staff educator Zeke Kossover for a series of interactive investigations that break apart the how of light to wondrous—and perhaps surprising—effect.

Just for tonight:

Heavyweight Crates + UnLearn The World
From Hip Hop for Change

Heavyweight Crates DJ Sets: 6:30–7:45 and 8:30–9:30 p.m.
UnLearn the World and Heavyweight Crates Performance: 8:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Check out DJ sets from Heavyweight Crates and a special collaborative performance between Heavyweight Crates and UnLearn the World.

Light Investigations
With Zeke Kossover
7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Tonight, become a detective of light! When our eyes are open, we are constantly receiving light. Can you describe how you are receiving that light—and how the images you see are formed? 

Neon-Bending Demos
With Meryl Pataky and Ames Palms
7:30, 8:30 , and 9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

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 the steps of the process and the unique tools used in neon-bending. She’ll be accompanied by Ames Palms, who will show neon-bending in action!


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.