After Dark: The Art of Tinkering

Thursday, November 7, 2013 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15

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

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.

Explore your inventive side and celebrate the Tinkering Studio’s new book, The Art of Tinkering, featuring 150 artists and makers. Tinkered attire is strongly encouraged.

The Art of Tinkering is here! To celebrate this essential introduction to the seriously playful world of tinkering, we’ve invited makers featured within and without its pages to share their projects with you.

Look for artworks, films, and activities throughout the museum, and engage your manual curiosity with a wealth of tinkering tools and materials. Meet with makers working at the intersection of science, art, and technology, and get inspired to tinker. That is: to go forth, get stuck, get ideas, and ultimately gain insight into the way things work—on your own terms.

The Art of Tinkering was coauthored by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich, Codirectors of the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio. Learn more about the Tinkering Studio and its team.


By Peter Hudson
The Plaza
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Outdoor Gallery

Pole Aerial Photography
With Cris Benton
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity of the Dogminican Order
Modified by Olek
6:00–10:00 p.m.

West Gallery

Flightless: An Interactive, Roaming Puppetry Game
By Dax Tran-Caffee
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Cinema Arts: The Art of Tinkering
Mind Cinema
6:00–10:00 p.m.

South Gallery

Sewing Circuits
With Grace Kim
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Musical Performance by Walter Kitundu
Learning Studio, South Gallery
6:00–10:00 p.m. (intermittent)

Paper Circuits
With Jie Qi
6:30–9:30 p.m.

By Danny Scheible
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Rolling Through The Bay
By Scott Weaver
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Cinema Arts: Stop-Motion Animations
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Central Gallery

Ray Guns
By Mikael Haye
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Speaker Demo
With the Explainers
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Cinema Arts: The Way Things Go
Central Corridor
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Webcast Studio

Ghost Horse
By Michael Brown
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Ship in a Barrel
By Benjamin Perkins Burke
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Eating My Cake and Having It Too
By Benjamin Cowden
6:00–10:00 p.m.

By Nemo Gould
6:00–10:00 p.m.

By Bernie Lubell
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Strobe Flower Lanterns
By Shawn Lani and PJ Reptilehouse
6:00–10:00 p.m.

By PJ Reptilehouse
6:00–10:00 p.m.

East Gallery

The Papercraft of Otherlife Art
By David Canavese
East Corridor
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Bay Observatory Gallery

A History of the Sky
By Ken Murphy
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Plus many, many Exploratorium exhibits!