After Dark: Sexplorations

Thursday, February 6, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Exploratorium Pier 15

$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Adults Only (18+)

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Live Nude Cells!

Sex involves the exchange of genetic information resulting in evolution and specialization—and is the reason you have your father's nose. Peek into the whys and hows of sex and discover some of the surprising ways nature brings sperm and eggs together.

See sexual deception of the floral kind, tease apart the mechanics of sex toys, and find out how eggs and sperm may become the most unique and specialized cells in the body with UCSF professor Dr. Diana Laird.

Uncover the astonishing sex lives of flowers with Exploratorium emeritus biologist Dr. Karen Kalumuck, and taste honeys made from different nectars—or sample a sautéed bull testicle. Guess which sperm is human, catch insects in the act, and watch a live egg become fertilized.

Arouse your scientific curiosity in romantic love, and hear the history behind "hysterical paroxysms" from Good Vibrations sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. Explore interventions for infertility, flirt with the advantages of sexual versus asexual reproduction, and get up close and personal with dissections of gonads, ovaries, and other naughty bits.

From your own DNA to cinematic exposés, it's all on display at After Dark.




Sex Cells: Mergers, Dwindling Reserves, Toxic Assets, and the Competitive Marketplace of Egg and Sperm
With Diana Laird, PhD
7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

The Bouquet Between Your Legs: The Scandalous Sex Lives of Flowers
With Karen Kalumuck, PhD
6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 p.m.
Bay Observatory Gallery

Circles of Engagement: What Is This Thing Called Love?
With The Really Big Questions (TRBQ) Project
8:00–9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery classrooms

We Get the Sex Thing, But What Is Love?
TRBQ Exhibit Prototypes
6:30–9:30 p.m.
West Gallery



Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Orchids But Were Afraid to Ask
With the San Francisco Orchid Society
6:30–9:30 p.m.
East Gallery

Surgical Interventions for Infertility
With the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
6:30–9:30 p.m.
West Gallery

Live Sex Show: Sea Urchin Egg Fertilization
7:15, 8:15, and 9:15 p.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Gonad A-Go-Go
With the Explainers
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.
East Gallery


Sexplorations of the Mechanical Kind: Take Apart Sex Toys
With Tinkering Studio staff
With Carol Queen, PhD

6:30–9:30 p.m.
South Gallery

The Mating Game
With Explorables
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery

Your Family Jewels: Extract Your DNA
With the Explainers
6:30–9:30 p.m.
West Gallery


Tastings (while supplies last):

Bees Do It
With the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
6:30–9:30 p.m.
East Gallery

Cowboy Caviar
7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m.
Central Gallery



Love Nest
6:30–9:30 p.m.
East Gallery

Which Sperm Is Human?
6:30–9:30 p.m.
East Gallery, Microscope Imaging Station



9:00 p.m. • Kanbar Forum
The Kiss by John Smith
Removed by Naomi Uman
Little Deaths by Ruth Lingford
Speechless by Scott Stark

Ongoing 6:00–10:00 p.m.• West Gallery
Kiss by Takahiro Kimura
Pin-Up In 3D by Kerry Laitala

Ongoing 6:00–10:00 p.m. • West Gallery, Mind Cinema
Green Porno by Isabella Rossellini

Ongoing 6:00–10:00 p.m. • Central Corridor
The Operation by Marne Lucas and Jacob Pander
Please note: Explicit content.

6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. • Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
Love Life of the Octopus by Jean Painlevé