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.
Encounter some of the lesser-known geographies of our beloved city, from the Fillmore jazz era to the Doggie Diner heads.
Hear tales of the mysterious Suicide Club from John Law, co-founder of the San Francisco Cacophony Society and Black Rock City (aka Burning Man). Discover a rare photographic archive of the Fillmore District—“the Harlem of the West”—in its 1940s–’60s heyday with UC Santa Cruz professor Dr. Lewis Watts, and absorb the oral histories of longtime Bayview-Hunter’s Point residents with the Museum of the African Diaspora’s “I’ve Known Rivers” story project.
Meet members of San Francisco’s inimitable order of queer nuns, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and play the iconic Go Girl! pinball machine, created twenty years ago by artist Michael Brown, and navigate your way through the gay rights issues of the day on your way to achieving “wig mode.”
Enjoy a performance of tightwire, juggling, rola bola, plate-spinning, and more with Circus Center San Francisco—and learn some tricks yourself. Or take a walking tour of the waterfront with San Francisco historian Chris Carlsson, and talk with pile drivers about their work under Pier 15.
Encounter the fantastically diverse inhabitants of the bottom of the Bay with Exploratorium scientists Bryce Johnson and Denise King, and find out how to sustainably harvest our coastal bounty with Sea Forager’s Kirk and Camilla Lombard. See a sourdough demonstration with chefs from SeaGlass Restaurant, and shake up your understanding of earthquake science with Exploratorium physicist Paul Doherty.
You can also design your own earthquake-proof toothpick structure with the ever-knowledgeable Explorables volunteers, and watch artist Scott Weaver rock his 37+ years-in-the-making interactive toothpick masterpiece, Rolling Through the Bay. Explore it all (beneath the gaze of Harold Bachman’s vintage Doggie Diner heads) at After Dark.