After Dark: See for Yourself

Thursday, August 26, 2021 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

Not a member yet? Join us and get free admission all year long!

Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for After Dark 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. Fuel up with a cocktail and prepare to roam free through six spacious outdoor and indoor spaces. Be ready to bring fresh eyes to old favorites and uncover phenomenal new experiences. 

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 inside the museum at this time.

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

Just for Tonight

Cell Phone Miniscope
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Tonight 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 Shortkut
From Hip Hop for Change
6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.Bechtel Gallery 3

DJ Shortkut is a member of three of the most influential DJ crews in history: The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkie Sound, and The Triple Threat DJs. As a seasoned veteran in battle DJ competitions, he is responsible for birthing new techniques and innovations to the turntablist culture, while maintaining dance floors internationally playing music spanning countless genres. Shortkut is considered one of the best trick-mixing DJs in the world and is known for his diverse style, precise scratches, and obscure record collection.

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through Hip Hop culture.