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After Dark: Cooking Contraptions

November 16, 2017
6:00 pm
The Exploratorium

After Dark: Cooking Contraptions

Thursday, November 16, 2017 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. 

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Free for After Dark Members

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.

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Featured Program

Cooking Contraptions

6:00–10:00 p.m.
Bechtel Central Gallery

Food: A Four-Course After Dark Program
This November, join us for in-depth explorations of food, served with tastings, talks, and demonstrations designed to whet your curiosity about cooking and eating in a rapidly changing world. Programs take place over four Thursday nights, and cover a topics ranging from kitchen innovations to food security.

Please Note: The museum will be closed Thursday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

How does food inspire you? Do you find artistic vision in vegetables, or enjoy the science behind sous-vide? Encounter an array of cooking-inspired presentations and gain a deeper understanding of the tools in your kitchen. Play with your food, experiment with modernist inventions, and visit our new Drink Lab, where you can see lively demonstrations of the science and techniques behind unique drinks also available for purchase.


Kitchen Gadgets
With Ali Bouzari
7:00 p.m.  |  Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Drink Lab: Centripetal Mojitos
With Clay Reynolds and Julie Yu
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.  |  Bechtel Central Gallery

Champagne and Machete
With Paul Dancstep
8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 p.m.  |  Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio


Kitchen Gadget Gallery
With Cookin’
6:00-10:00 p.m.

The Anti-Griddle 
With Jerrel KeyAuthor
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Commercial-Grade Contraptions
With Tinker Kitchen
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fruit and Vegetable Carving
With Jimmy Zhang
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Slicing and Dicing
With Kevin Godes
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Food Automata
With Explorables
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Tactile Dome

$10; purchase tickets onsite at the Information Desk

6:15–10:00 p.m.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery

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.

Explainer Demonstrations

6:00–9:45 unless noted
Various locations throughout the museum

Drawing Board
Ticketing at 6:00 p.m., first come, first served
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery

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.

Speaker Dissection
Bechtel Central Gallery

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)
East Gallery

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.

Magic Demonstration
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery

Everything is not as it seems—at first. Pick a card, any card, and watch the Explainers reveal some surprising aspects of human perception.


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