DARK MATTERS is an 18+ event, where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play

Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Are you afraid of the dark? Feel anxious in confined spaces? Does the thought or sight of spiders make your skin crawl? For most of us, there is one thing that inspires our deepest, darkest fears...

On Thursday, October 19, guest experts will explore what fear is, why some fears are really common, and whether or not these fears are founded.

DARK MATTERS 'Fears & Phobias'  -- not for the faint of heart!


  • Are you brave enough to cross-over into the world of horrifying virtual reality? Find out with the help of the Edmonton Digital Arts College, as they showcase terrifying student-made games. 
  • No contouring or highlighting here! The Theatre Garage will show you how to transform yourself into what nightmares are made of, with horror-movie quality make-up demos. 
  • Ever come face to face with a Black Widow Spider? ...No? Wanna? Peter Heule, Royal Alberta Museum’s bug expert, will assist. 
  • Let’s talk nuclear. What is it and should we really be afraid? Experts from the University of Alberta will help us to dispel fact from fiction.
  •  Dr. Lynne Honey will explore the bio-psychology of fear reactions -- from goosebumps, to crapping your pants -- in her special presentation "Fear & other F-Words"
  • Canadian Blood Services will be on-site to do blood typing for willing participants. Knowing your blood-type could be life-saving knowledge!
  • Handling bacteria might be too creepy a concept for most people. But, for others - it's an opportunity to be artistic! Try your hand at painting with fluorescent bacteria.
  • Dr. Joti Brar-Josan and Wendy Salvisberg from the Centre for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will explain how fears and phobias develop…. and, if you’re brave enough, will guide you to the “Fright Zone” to help you overcome them!

And as always:

  • DJ Thomas Culture 
  • Bar & Purple Pear Restaurant
  • Exclusive access to all of our permanent galleries, and; 
  • Grown-up science experiments!

PUBLIC RATE$19.95 $25.95 
TWOSE MEMBERS $16.95 $21.95 
COMBO TICKET: DARK MATTERS + The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition$27.95$27.95
GROUP (20+ GUESTS)$17.95 -

All prices +GST.

Thanks to our Table Sponsor:

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, December 7 - Science of Sex

Here is a peek at some of the fun we've had so far in 2017:

Past events photo archive

Dark Matters is an 18+ event. You will be asked to show photo I.D.