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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

General Admission - $20
MIT ID holders - $10

Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Please note that backpacks and large bags are not permitted.


Join us in July for a night filled with astro ants, Alaskan insects, and edible crickets. Catch a talk with Biologst Yukiko Yamashita on fruit flies and evolution, or enjoy an arthropod petting zoo. Then head over to our Maker Hub to build and race your own buzz bug.

Timeless pizza pies and delicious drinks from Johnny Pomodoro available for purchase.

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Start August off with a splash (of color). Investigate the dazzling effects of structural color in animals and plants, check out polarized light mosaics, and make your own stained-glass window (minus the glass) to take home!

Local brews from Aeronaut and tasty rainbow (!!) dumplings from Mei Mei available for purchase.

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Past Sessions


Join us in June as we take on the science of speed. Explore high-speed photography with MIT Professor J. Kim Vandiver; meet MIT students building and racing solar cars, autonomous boats, aircrafts, and rockets; and construct, decorate, and battle your own spinning top.

Zippy tunes by DJ Philip Tan, plus tasty eats from Mostly Pasta and Lola's Pinoy Pastry, and local brews from Remnant available for purchase.


Join us as we explore science and technology at the smallest of scales. Meet Professor Kevin Chen, Head of MIT’s Soft and Micro Robotics Laboratory, and get a close-up look at his insect-inspired (and sized!) research. Then, head over to our learning labs to manipulate magnetic fluids or shrink a microbe to take home.

Local brews from Lamplighter and tasty pizza pies from Za available for purchase.


Calling all nature lovers. Celebrate an early earth day at the Museum and discover the growing world all around us. Learn about fungi, local foraging techniques, musical mushroom modulation, and more. Prepare for spring with a letter-locked seed packet or create your own tiny terrarium, plus meet an MIT trained architect trying to answer the question, can we grow buildings?

Handrolls from Pagu and craft beers from Arlington Brewing Company available for purchase.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.