After Dark: See for Yourself

Thursday, August 4, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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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. The coldest winter you ever spent was a summer in San Francisco, but do you know how the Exploratorium stays warm? Looking into the Bay Water Room from Moore Gallery 4, you can get a peek behind the scenes at the heating and cooling system the museum uses to stay temperate and save over two million gallons of potable water per year!


D Eye Y: Cow Eye Dissection
With the Visitor Experience Facilitators

8:00–8:30 and 8:30–9:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Classroom 1606 
Tickets at Moore Gallery 4 Explainer Demo Station 

Please note: Capacity is limited to 4 groups of 4 people for each time slot and availability is first come, first served. Tickets will be passed out at the Explainer Demo Station in Moore Gallery 4.

For decades, the Exploratorium has been dissecting cow eyes and teaching visitors about the similarities between their eyes and our own eyes. If you’ve ever wondered what that’s like, you’re in luck. Tonight, you will have the chance to step into the shoes of an Exploratorium Explainer and dissect a cow eye yourself! 

The Visitor Experience Facilitators are a cohort of informal educators who help guests understand, question, and experience the museum on a deeper level.


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!


DJ Walt Liquor
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 Walt Liquor 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.


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.