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Adults Only (18+)
Note: The Tactile Dome and some programs have limited capacity and are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Zinc is mainly used to galvanize steel and is essential for life. Discover the element's history with host Ron Hipschman and explore its key role in maintaining human health with Dr. Janet King, Executive Director of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).
Although zinc was recognized as an essential nutrient for human health about 60 years ago, we still lack an indicator of zinc nutrition. This has prevented the implementation of programs and policies to ensure an adequate zinc intake for populations around the world. Consequently, zinc deficiency is a prevalent nutritional problem worldwide that contributes to nearly a half million deaths per year among infants and children.
Think of any scenario. Put it into five words or less. Now watch as artist PNosa interprets your words and uses a sewing machine to draw the resulting image on fabric.
Embroidered patches will be available for purchase.
PNosa is a sewing artist who draws with a sewing machine (without a computer or a template) powered by a solar panel and a bicycle electric generator. Paul is on a sewing tour across America facilitating people's creativity and demonstrating alternative energy sources.
Osher Gallery 1
Take an excursion through total darkness in our Tactile Dome. Crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes.
Please Note: Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.
Learn more about the Tactile Dome.
6:00–9:45 unless noted
Various locations throughout the museum
Ticketing at 6:00 p.m., first come, first served
Osher Gallery 1
Draw hypnotically flowing patterns with a swinging table, and watch friction cause the patterns to slowly shrink along a spiral path. Pick up a ticket to reserve your spot in line for this popular activity.
Bechtel Gallery 3
Tune in to surrounding sounds by experimenting with strings and vibrations, and use electromagnets to build a basic speaker. Learn how to listen with your bones, and explore the workings of the inner ear.
Cow Eye or Flower Dissection (alternating)
Do cows see color? How does a lens work? Examine the intricate structure of a cow eye to learn about similar structures in our own eyes, as well as some key differences.
Stigma, stamen, pistil, anther, style: Uncover the beautiful architecture of flower anatomy, and gather some surprising strategies that plants use to reproduce.
Osher Gallery 1
Everything is not as it seems—at first. Pick a card, any card, and watch the Explainers reveal some surprising aspects of human perception.