After Dark: See for Yourself

Thursday, June 16, 2022 • 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 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. Plus, excavate underground histories and discover the past with the team behind San Francisco’s Buried History, a new project from the Exploratorium.

Cell Phone Miniscope
6:00–10:00 p.m.

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!

San Francisco’s Buried History
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Uncover the history beneath our feet! Join the team behind the Exploratorium’s Buried History project to discover San Francisco’s hidden past. You’ll learn more about this new online audio walking tour, which uses interviews, photos, and augmented reality to showcase amazing underground sites in downtown San Francisco. Each of these sites provides fascinating clues about how human activity impacted the local landscape over time, and teaches us more about the people who used to live in the area. What stories will you unearth?

San Francisco’s Buried History has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


DJ Jay Midnight
From Hip Hop for Change
6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Jay Midnight from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! Jay Midnight was born and raised in the Bay Area and is the founder of the independent label Run the Record, based out of San Mateo. He brings his love, knowledge, and vibes to every performance.

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.

Cash Bar
6:00–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar location 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.