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.

Thinkery21: Face Your Fears
Thursday, October 25, 7–10 pm


$22 Pre-Sale Member
$25 Pre-Sale General Public
$30 Walkup


Does speaking in front of a crowd make your palms sweaty? Does hearing the rattle of a diamondback make your heart pound? Face it head on (with a beer in your hand). Explore the science behind what makes you most afraid at Thinkery21: Face Your Fears. The creak in the night, the shadow that darts out of sight, the sinking feeling that something is behind you….be prepared to be scared.


Austin’s Bloody Past - Austin History Center presents the unsolved story of the Servant Girl Murders - when in 1885 a serial killer struck fear into the hearts of Austinites.

Sing or Die – Muster up the courage to face the crowd as you belt out your favorite tune.

Morbid Curiosity beckons you to explore your inevitable fate through a fun and intriguing card game about death.

A Natural Undertaking invites you to get in a casket and face your fears.

Insect Cuisine - Challenge your own psychological taboos and experience the Future of Food with Little Herds and the Challenge of Entomological Eats!

Afraid of the Dark? - Ever wonder why pirates wear patches? We'll pirate an old trick to explore the neurobiology of night vision so you don’t have to fret about bumps in the night.

Witchcraft Woes – Think spells and sorcery are fears of the past? Dr. Cristine Legare of UT’s Department of Psychology summons research on modern-day witchcraft.

Naked Nightmares - Ever dreamt of leaving the house naked? That’s just another Thursday night for Miss O Kissed, the burlesque artist. Be horrified by our roaming burlesque performers in the best way possible.

"Insectophobia! Do creepy crawlies get under your skin? Well take a deep breath, grit your teeth and have fun exploring these amazing minibeasts through hands-on learning with the Austin Nature and Science Center!

Seeing the Unseen – None of us are exactly as we appear. Are you scared of revealing your true self? Reflect on identity with SEEN podcast host Miranda Wylie.

Fuel for Fear – Your body burns more calories when you're scared. Better grab an empanada at mmmpanadas food truck to re-energize.

Soundtrack to Horror—Listen and identify your favorite horror films by sound alone as Austin Film Society horror experts guide you through a tension-filled auditory nightmare.

Pathways of Fear—Choose your own adventure in this participatory talk with UT fear psychology researcher, Marie Monfils, on topics ranging from social transmission of fears to learning ways to mitigate your own fears.

Lifestyles of the Gorgeous and Grotesque - Come dressed in your Halloween finery for a chance to walk away with a pair of tickets to our next Thinkery21 and of course, bragging rights.


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About Thinkery21

Thinkery21 is for adults 21+ only. 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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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 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.