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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.

21+ only

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.


Join us for a night of strategy, dexterity, and logic. Try your hand at a mechanical puzzle or grab a friend and work together on a giant-sized game. Explore the galleries while decoding a puzzle from the MIT Puzzle Club. As always, we'll have a guest DJ spinning music, offer hands-on activities, and local eats and drinks available for purchase.

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This month, we’re turning up the heat at After Dark. Paint with thermochromic pigments, play with infrared cameras, and learn what makes hot sauce HOT through tastings and demos by Craic Sauce. Beat the heat with Winter Hill Brewing Company, and slow cooked BBQ courtesy of Scott Brothers, available for purchase.

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Past Sessions


This month's After Dark promises to be out of this world! Learn about the record of voices being sent to the International Space Station by a team of MIT graduate students. Unravel the mysteries of new exoplanets through hands-on activities, and take a close look at objects from our collection including those related to the Apollo missions. Join us as we investigate the question, what does space mean to you?

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The Science of Comedy

April Fool’s Day may give you a chuckle, but April’s After Dark will release more endorphins than you knew you had! Laugh at local comedians who take the stage at Open Mic Night and be amused by daring pranks pulled by MIT’s most creative hackers. Quit clowning around and come learn about the science behind laughter.

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Chemistry of Cocktails

Join us for a night full of science, spirits and surprise as leading scientists and mixologists reveal the secrets behind your favorite cocktails. Learn how to carbonate your beverage with dry ice, light up your party with fluorescent mixers, and layer on the fun with density drinks. Expect demonstrations, tastings, conversation and interactive play, and leave with a better understanding of what you’re drinking, while meeting like-minded cocktail enthusiasts.

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