After Dark: Vanilla

Event has passed (Thu Dec 14, 2017 - Thu Dec 14, 2017)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 - $19.95


After Dark: Vanilla.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 * 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.

Pairings: Vanilla
To reserve a seat and something to eat, pick up free tickets onsite at the Observatory. Seating is limited to 95.

7:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery.

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout, 1825.

Join us for robust presentations and refreshing conversations designed to inspire your scientific palate.

Learn more about the series, Pairings: Cultivating a Taste for Science Through Food.

Experience the complexity of vanilla: both its deep, warm flavor and the effects of its cultivation. One of the world's most popular flavors, and also one of its most expensive, vanilla was originally cultivated in Mexico and is now produced around the world, including the island of Madagascar. However, high demand for vanilla has caused unfortunate complications for Madagascar in the form of poverty, child labor, and deforestation. Get the inside story on vanilla at Pairings.

Tactile Dome:
$10; purchase tickets onsite at the Information Desk.
6:15-10:00 p.m.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery.

Take an excursion through total darkness in our Tactile Dome. Crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes.

Please Note: Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.

Learn more about the Tactile Dome.

Arts | Visual Arts.

Price Details:
Tickets at the door: USD 19.95,
After Dark: USD 17.95,
General Daytime members: USD 14.95,
Free for After Dark members. $10 add-on ticket for Tactile Dome available for purchase on-site only.: USD 10.


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