Exploratorium : After Dark


Enjoy an evening of endless adults-only fun at AFTER DARK. Grab your friends (18+) and a drink and lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits at the Exploratorium every Thursday evening.

Access to museum
Food & Drinks
Tactile Dome

Important Information


Pier 15 San Francisco, CA 94111

Hours of Operation

Thursday evenings 6-10 p.m.


4 hours

Know before you go

- Ages 18+ only
- The Tactile Dome requires reserved tickets. Tickets are sold on-site only on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Complimentary museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, and Portuguese.
- Tactile museum maps for blind and visually impaired visitors are available upon request.
- The Exploratorium is fully wheelchair accessible and can also lend a limited number of wheelchairs to visitors who need them.


An evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events. Come for the cocktails, stay for the exhibits, and indulge in endless exploration.

Grab your friends and a drink and lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits at the Exploratorium’s adults-only AFTER DARK. Enjoy thought-provoking programs* featuring guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films, and one-of- a-kind activities. Climb through the pitch-black Tactile Dome, wander across the fog bridge, and take in sweeping views of the Bay from the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery.

Thursdays AFTER DARK will change how you think about the world around you. But don't take our word for it - see for yourself!

  • Dramatic views from the Observatory Terrace.
  • Enjoy signature cocktails, beer and wine.
  • Engage with over 650 interactive exhibits.
  • From small-scale to museum-wide experiences.
  • Weekly performances and artist installations.

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.

Exploratorium : After Dark

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