After Dark: See for Yourself

Thursday, September 16, 2021 • 6:00 p.m. PT

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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. 

Just for Tonight:

Cell Phone Miniscope
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Crossroads

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 King Most
from Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as a DJ from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! King Most brings his cutting-edge remixing to After Dark.  For King Most, being a DJ is all about passion for the craft and bringing people together. King Most’s releases on Soundcloud have logged over one million plays by listeners worldwide, in addition to his recurring gigs with Red Bull, SFMOMA, and the New York Times.

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.


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.