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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.


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.

Modern American eats from Vincent’s and local craft beers from Aeronaut available for purchase.

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Beyond the Fold

Folding: It’s not just for paper anymore!

Details and registration link to follow.

Past Sessions

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.

This event has sold out.

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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.