After Dark: See for Yourself

Thursday, November 10, 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.

The Exploratorium is your playground after dark! Wander the galleries, sip a cocktail, and let a DJ from Hip Hop for Change set the vibe. We think you’re phenomenal, so why not head over to our Human Phenomena Gallery (Osher Gallery 1)? Experiment with thoughts, feelings, and social behavior. Here, you and others are the exhibits—so play with social interactions, observe others, and contribute your reflections.  

Cell Phone Miniscope
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Crossroads

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!

Festival of Altars Opening
7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Come celebrate the opening of Festival of Altars, an Exploratorium temporary exhibition in collaboration with the Marigold Project. The show features beautiful ofrendas (altars) from Día de los Muertos celebrations in San Francisco’s Mission District. At 7:30 p.m., join Marigold Project Executive Director Rosa De Anda and poets Josiah Luis Alderete, Cal Calamia, Calaghan Rowley, and Maw Shein Win as they welcome us to Festival of Altars. Following the opening ceremony, meet the altaristas and enjoy music and activities. Throughout the night, explore the exhibition in Gallery 2. 

Experience altars by Adrián Arias, Mara Brown, Désirée De Lara, Susan Matthews, Gil Mendez, Andrea Paz and Raúl Rauda, Cindy Predock, and Danielle Revives. 

DJ Black
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Black from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! 

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 for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.

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