Visit the Exploratorium to excite your atoms at Glow, the annual festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

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October 2, 2019
Glow's Cubatron Core at The Exploratorium for the Holidays

Holidays at the Exploratorium with After Dark's Glow

Visit the Exploratorium to excite your atoms at Glow: Festival of Lights, the annual festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows, from Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 through Sun., Jan. 26, 2020. Bask in the mesmerizing gleams of interactive installations and kinetic sculptures, take a shine to illuminating exhibits, and enjoy special, scintillating activities.

Glow installations include Cubatron Core, a 26-foot wide and 18-foot high torus-shaped sculpture made of 3,840 RGB LEDs, and the interactive Kaleidoscope, an 8-foot-square light table. Outside on Pier 15, Buckyball welcomes visitors with 4,500 LED nodes on a towering 25-foot sculpture.

After Dark

Glow returns as part of the Exploratorium's After Dark Thursday Night series on Thu., Dec. 5 from 6 - 10 p.m. Doors are kept open past regular closing time for adults only, and visitors can enjoy a fascinating array of unique programs and events while sipping cocktails and experiencing the museum's 650-plus hands-on exhibits on perception, art, and science. Lose yourself in mind-bending experiences, and unique, thought-provoking programs.

Always popular—and available during all After Dark Thursday Nights—is the museum's Tactile Dome, where visitors can crawl, slide and bump their way through the pitch-dark Dome using only the sense of touch as a guide through its chambers and mazes.

Visit After Dark: Glow for more information. Tickets may be purchased on-site or online at An additional charge applies to the Tactile Dome. Admission is limited to adults 18 and older.

Note: Some programs have limited capacity and will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holidays at the Exploratorium

After Dark's Glow is just one part of Winter Holidays at the Exploratorium. From the whimsy of the annual exhibit, Curious Contraptions, to the dazzling lights of Glow, to many more special programs, the Exploratorium is a special place to celebrate the season. Click here for more Winter Holidays at the Exploratorium information.

General Information

Located on the Embarcadero on Pier 15, the Exploratorium also offers superb waterfront views of San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The glass-walled Fisher Observatory Gallery has sweeping views of the skyline and Coit Tower. In-house restaurant SEAGLASS also extends its Thursday hours to 9:30 p.m. to offer its multicultural, locally sourced menu to After Dark visitors.


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