Event Details

Grown ups can enjoy an evening at Thinkery on their own. At Thinkery21 we close the museum to kids and let adults, ages 21 and up, eat, drink and mingle while experiencing innovative science and art.

Each evening explores a different topic, but all include a cash bar, special activities and delicious nibbles from Austin food trucks. Depending on each evening’s lineup, enjoy live performances by local artists and musicians, dive into a topic with inventive scientists and explore cutting-edge technology with programmers and designers.

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Thinkery21: Transformations

Thursday, August 25, 7-10 pm

$17 Pre-Sale Member
$20 Pre-Sale General Public
$25 Walk up


From large scale shifts to microscopic mutations, transformation can be sudden, slow, superficial or incredibly profound. (And sometimes, all of the above.) Take a look at change as a whole and explore transformations on a personal level and in the world around us. Come with an open mind, and don’t be afraid to transform the way you look at the world.

Cheesy Changes – A few months of mold growth can change a cheese from chalky and mild to gooey and wild.  Taste the difference with Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.

Gender Transcender  Queen and King artists of the Austin International Drag Festival delight with transformative drag performances.

Bunny Boutique  Rose & Grace Mini Farm invites you to transform bunnies into beauties by combing their hair and putting little hats on them!

That Was Then. This is Now.  From the high to the lows, the triumphant to the embarrassing, the talented storytellers of Greetings, from Queer Mountain reveal true tales of life changing events.

Masterpiece Remix  Ever thought the Mona Lisa could be even better? Join artMEAT in making your own improvements and additions to famous works of art.

Transform Your Footprint – Learn why some scientists say we’re in a new era, called the Anthropocene, and explore how we can combat the impacts of our growing human population with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – L7 Salon stylists do dramatic changes on willing volunteers. Plus, learn to turn long hair into a bob without scissors.

Worm Wonders – Keep Austin Beautiful invites you learn how to use worms to transform food scraps into nutrient-rich soil.

From the Archives  Let the Archivists of Central Texas connect you to Austin’s past and find out where you can learn more about the changes Central Texas has seen.

Dynamic Earth  Austin was underwater? Shells turn to rock? Graduate students from UT Jackson School of Geosciences reveal how the Earth and Central Texas have changed over geologic time.

Trashy Fashion  Dissect electronics and use their insides to make upcycled fashion accessories.

Frankentoys  Repurpose stuffed animals, unfamiliar materials and polymer fabric to create your mutant creature.

TexasPro DJ  Spinning tunes and transforming your mood.

More event details coming soon…


Please note: Thinkery21 is for adults 21+ only. There will be a cash bar (please bring cash as there’s not an ATM on site).

Thinkery21 Cancellation Policy: The Thinkery will not issue a refund for the cost of the ticket if you are unable to attend the event. The Thinkery reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements.  If the Thinkery cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.