Grown-ups get their own night at Thinkery! During 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 local food trucks. 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: Spy School

Thursday, October 12 from  7–10 pm

Member: $22 Pre-Sale
Non-Member: $25 Pre-Sale


Pick an alias, don your best disguise, grab your fave (shaken, not stirred) adult beverage and prepare for your next mission: Thinkery21: Spy School. That’s right, we’re rounding up Austin’s top spy recruits for a super-secret (and super fun) evening of thinking, drinking and intrigue.

Channel your inner Bond, Bourne or Black Widow while cracking enigmatic codes, mastering tactical technologies and conducting covert operations. Will you leave Thinkery21 a civilian, a rookie spy or an agent provocateur? Only time (and training) will tell.

Enroll today, recruits—before this message self-destructs.


Crime Scene Clues – Looking for traces of an enemy agent? The FBI’s Evidence Response Team demonstrates real techniques for collecting crime scene evidence.

Defend Your DataThe Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) teaches you the dos and don’ts of personal security while traveling overseas.

Spy Film Trivia – Win prizes and test your knowledge of James Bond, Jason Bourne, Spy Kids and more while picking up spy tips with Alamo Drafthouse Mueller.

Invisible Ink – From secret messages used in the Revolutionary War to inkjet printers, relive the science behind these concealed communications with UT’s Council of Graduate Chemists.

Shaken, Not StirredTito’s Handmade Vodka teaches you how to make the perfect James Bond martini.

Rabbit Ruse – Practice the art of deception by putting disguises on the bunnies of Rose & Grace Mini Farm.

Spy Glasses Stealth Training – Covert ops are hard! Can you crack Austin Panic Room’s code with your spy glasses?

Laser Maze Agility Training – Can you maneuver through Austin Panic Room’s laser security network without breaking a beam?

Bomb Defusal Training – Defuse Austin Panic Room’s bomb in time or you’re a goner.

Cipher Wheels – Get the ins and out of encrypting and decrypting with DoSeum using this tool of the trade.

Liar, Liar  Learn about the autonomic responses measured by a lie detector test and study up for your next exam with Dr. Amanda Masino of Huston-Tillotson and The Dumpster Project.

More event details coming soon…

Thinkery21 is for adults 21+ only.

Thinkery21 Cancellation Policy: Thinkery will not issue a refund for the cost of the ticket if you are unable to attend the event. 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.

Please note, Thinkery cannot validate parking in the McBee Street District Garage for special events or programs occurring outside of our General Admission operating hours.