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After Dark Series

Enjoy a lively evening of entertainment, science, and tinkering for the 21+ crowd!

After Dark is a monthly adults-only, after-hours event at the museum. Full of science and surprises, expect demonstrations, tastings, conversation and interactive play. Our galleries will be open for you, and we'll always have live music, cash bar, and bites for purchase by culinary specialists from around the city.

6pm–9:00pm
21+ only

Admission:
Same-day Purchase - $20
Advance Purchase - $15
MIT ID holders - $10

Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Please note that backpacks and large bags are not permitted.


Threads

At our March After Dark, weave your way through an exploration of traditional textile techniques, emerging technologies, and everything in between. Artist talks by Chloe Bensahel and Ganit Goldstein; felt painting activities; smart textile demos; and more.

Delicious dumplings from Mei Mei and tasty brews from Aeronaut available for purchase.

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Past Sessions

Connections

Investigate the art and the science of connections at our February After Dark. Join us for Tutti—a participatory music-making experience, meet someone new while speed friending, team up with AI in our very first poetry contest, and get creative as you learn how to wire a circuit.

Small batch beer from Winter Hill Brewing and unique pies from Za available for purchase.

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Beyond the Fold

At this month’s After Dark we’re teaming up with mathematicians and engineers to explore the art of the fold. Collaborate on large scale origami models, create Japanese kusudama out of wooden tiles, participate in a LARP protein folding activity, AND learn to fold dumplings!

Talks by master folders Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, and Alfonso Parra Rubio. Tasty dumplings from Mei Mei and local brews from Remnant available for purchase.



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Build

Our December After Dark is a night of fabrication, construction, creation, and design. Join Skylar Tibbets to learn how MIT’s Self Assembly Lab is growing islands, explore the amazing machines created by the Center for Bits and Atoms, and make your own automata. Plus, don’t miss our screening of Eddy’s World, a documentary short about a master toy maker Eddy Goldfarb.

N'awlins cuisine from Revelry and local craft beers from Aeronaut available for purchase.

The Five Senses

Join us for some serious sensory play at our November After Dark. Take in the sights and sounds of Arachnodrone with the exhibition artists, explore the science of taste with Clover food lab, and create your own fragrance in our Maker Hub. Then, head over to our Learning Labs to investigate the connection between touch and sound.

Small batch beers from Winter Hill Brewing Company and slow cooked BBQ from Scott Brothers Kitchen available for purchase.


Ink

Celebrate National Book Month at our novel October After Dark. Take in a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, design your own MIT Press book cover, and explore historical printing techniques with the Beaver Press Print Shop. In our Collections Workshop, join our curators for a close look at prints and printmaking equipment from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Craft beers from Lord Hobo and tasty bites from Za and EVOO available for purchase.