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Exploratorium’s After Dark Returns at Pier 15 - May 2, 2013

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2013

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Exploratorium’s After Dark Returns at Pier 15 - May 2, 2013

Theme for Museum’s First Adults Only Program at Pier 15 is Home

On hiatus since 2012, the Exploratorium’s After Dark returns on May 2, 2013 at Pier 15 with Home, a museum-wide housewarming party. After Dark is every Thursday evening from 6-10pm for adults ages 18 and up. On the first Thursday of each month After Dark will have a special theme. Home will be an exploration of homes at all scales, from the Earth itself to the human microbiome, and will feature behind-the-scenes tours of our new campus and exhibits, live music, films and cocktails.

As you explore the Exploratorium’s new home, join lead design architect Marc L’Italien of EHDD and lead mechanical engineer Peter Rumsey of Integral Group to discuss the process of transforming a cavernous historic pier into a vital home for the Exploratorium, and what one day may be the largest Net Zero energy museum in the world. Learn how filtered bay water heats or cools the building via radiant floors, and how natural ventilation and light, and a large solar photovoltaic system are helping the museum near its Net Zero Energy goal.

Linger in our beautiful Outdoor Gallery to hear bands play on Zac Carroll’s Front Porch, an homestead-inspired mobile stage built from period materials (including parts of an old speakeasy) and pulled by a 1929 tractor named Bessie. Spin Home, a 14’ illuminated globe by artist Michael Christian, and watch it scatter street map silhouettes from cities around the world.

Gather in the elegant East Gallery to meet some of the exotic creatures that call the pier pilings home, and get to know the 500 trillion or so residents of your own skin (and mouth, and gut) with Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck. You can also stroll through the solar system with staff scientist Ron Hipschman, and learn what makes Earth just right for sustaining life.

After Dark is on Thursday evenings at the Exploratorium and will host a rotating schedule of programs ranging from intimate interviews to exuberant first Thursday explorations of science and culture. On the first Thursday of each month After Dark showcases a different theme, which might include live performances, films and new media, or feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected extravaganzas.

Programs are playful, eclectic, and content-rich,  exploring the science behind topics of adult interest from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Upcoming After Dark themes include Boom, Freestyle, Decay, and Glow. One part theater, one part cabaret, one part gallery and one part Happy Hour, After Dark  is a unique way to experience one of San Francisco’s most beloved museums. After Dark is for adults 18 years and older. Tickets are $15; $10 for members.

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Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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