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Adults Only (18+)
Note: The Tactile Dome and some programs have limited capacity and are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Gallery 1 will be closed to members and the general public until 7 p.m.
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.
Explore the many converging facets of identity on this journey to the center of the self. Question your assumptions, weigh your psychic baggage, and dare yourself to try on a new persona as you explore both self and society. Come as you are—and let’s take a look in the mirror at the opening night of Self, Made.
Unpacking Identity: A Conversation Exploring Self in Society
With Ramzi Fawaz, Jennifer Eberhardt, Melissa Alexander, and Walter Thompson-Hernandez
8:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Go behind the scenes at the museum: Join the co-curators and advisors of Self, Made in conversation with New York Times contributor Walter Thompson-Hernandez illuminating the inspiration, research, and curation behind the exhibition and pointing to the complex ways in which we encounter identity in our communities and institutions.
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What Made the Self?
With Heike Winterheld
8:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Webcast Studio
Maybe you know your self. (Or maybe you don’t.) But what exactly is the self, and where does it come from? Is it a specific area in the brain? A collection of traits or labels with which we choose to describe ourselves? Do others see our “selves” the way we do? Join Exploratorium social psychologist and relationship scientist Heike Winterheld as she uses insights from social science research to discuss different aspects of the self, the factors that shape it, and how understanding those factors can make us happier and ensure that others perceive us as we intend.
6:00–10:00 p.m. | Crossroads
Step into the other side to experience an everyday practice in a new way.
With the Field Trip Explainers
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1
What part of your identity are you most proud of? What part do you feel most complicated about? Join us in exploring identity by making your own personalized button pin that you can design and take home. Take part in conversations about the complexities of identity, intersectionality, and what parts of ourselves are self-made. Then contribute to an ongoing exhibit and art installation and dive deeper into how you to chose to highlight your identity.
With Amy Snyder and Gayle Laird
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Gallery 2
It’s sometimes said that the eyes are the window into the soul. Come examine your windows with our staff photographers.
Open to the public 7:00–10:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1
Have you ever wondered what makes you you? Question your assumptions, weigh your psychic baggage, and dare to yourself to try on a new persona as you explore both self and society at this bold and playful exhibition.
Think of any scenario. Using five words or less, describe it in a sentence. Now watch as artist PNosa interprets your words and uses a sewing machine to draw your idea on fabric. Embroidered patches will be available for purchase.
Osher Gallery 1
Journey through total darkness in this twisting, turning, tactile sculpture. Walk, crawl, climb, and slide your way through a wonderland of textures using only your sense of touch as a guide.
Please Note: Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.
You can reserve tickets in advance for our 7:00 p.m. session. All later sessions are on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis.
Learn more about the Tactile Dome.
6:00–9:45 unless noted
Various locations throughout the museum
Ticketing at 6:00 p.m., first come, first served
Osher Gallery 1
Draw hypnotically flowing patterns with a swinging table, and watch friction cause the patterns to slowly shrink along a spiral path. Pick up a ticket to reserve your spot in line for this popular activity.
Bechtel Gallery 3
Tune in to surrounding sounds by experimenting with strings and vibrations, and use electromagnets to build a basic speaker. Learn how to listen with your bones, and explore the workings of the inner ear.
Van de Graaff Generator
With the Explainers
Bechtel Gallery 3
Get ready to have your hair stand on end (literally). Experience our electrostatic generator firsthand—with high-voltage direct-current electricity turned down to low current levels, our Van de Graaff generator both will, and won’t, shock you. Please keep your hands on the sphere until our Explainers tell you to let go!
Cow Eye or Flower Dissection (alternating)
Do cows see color? How does a lens work? Examine the intricate structure of a cow eye to learn about similar structures in our own eyes, as well as some key differences.
Stigma, stamen, pistil, anther, style: Uncover the beautiful architecture of flower anatomy, and gather some surprising strategies that plants use to reproduce.
Osher Gallery 1
Everything is not as it seems—at first. Pick a card, any card, and watch the Explainers reveal some surprising aspects of human perception.