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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. To experience some of our more time-sensitive exhibits in action, you’ll have to check your watch. Will you let yourself be enveloped by Fog Bridge #72494 at 7:00 p.m.? Can you catch the 22-foot-high Tinkerer’s Clock as it rings in the hour, or bear witness to geysers erupting in 20, 23, and 29-minute cycles? Time is of the essence!
Cell Phone Miniscope
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!
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 Shortkut from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! Shortkut is a Bay Area DJ legend, an innovator in the genre, and a founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Triple Threat DJ crews.
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.
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.