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: Human

Thursday, February 8 from 7–10 pm

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

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What makes us blush? What makes us drunk? What makes us human? At Thinkery21: Human, tackle the social, sexual, physical, psychological and philosophical factors and characteristics that make our species so special—and explore exactly what it means to be a human.

Aphrodisiacs – Discover food to put you in the mood with Whole Foods Market.

Dodge the STI! – Use protection to avoid STIs in a game akin to dodgeball with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

Get in the Mood – Joy. Ecstasy. Surprise. Disgust. Capture a human emotion in the Oh SNAP! photo booth.

Morbid Curiosity invites you to get close with a casket and explore everything you ever wanted to know about what awaits us all through a fun and intriguing card game about death.

Before I Die… – Take part in a mini-version of the global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public.

Humans of AustinAustin History Center explores the colorful people that have helped “Keep Austin Weird.”

Greetings, Humans  Probe into the topic of humanity through short films from Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival’s programming.

Sperm to Egg Challenge – 1 in more than 50 million sperm make it to the egg. Don’t get lost! Your genetic survival depends on it!

Too Much Information – Autism Society of Texas helps you feel what it might be like experience too much sensory input with a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Doing it Different – Humans using wheelchairs may bring alternative approaches to daily tasks.  Give some a shot with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas.

Did You Hear That? – Try an empathy building challenge to learn what it might be like be a human who hears voices with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin.

Texas Professional DJ – Spinning tunes all night.

Chi’lantro BBQ – Delight your taste buds with kimchi fries and Korean BBQ for purchase.

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.