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3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your IlluminOdyssey Visit

IlluminOdyssey is back!

Catch the light November 10, 2023–January 28, 2024

Inspired by the science of light, IlluminOdyssey is an immersive, interactive installation that will mesmerize kids and adults of all ages*. CuriOdyssey’s four-level Redwood Hall transforms into a glowing forest of science—light your way through a maze of luminous botanical geometry, play with rainbow refraction and swirling projections, paint with light on phosphorescent surfaces, and dance with your shadow. Explore the physical properties of light, such as photoluminescence, color, additive light mixing, waves, fluorescence, fluid dynamics, subtractive color mixing, and refraction.

Returning for its seventh year, IlluminOdyssey is a fan-favorite for the whole family, and is free with admission or membership. CuriOdyssey’s hands-on approach to science education influences every facet of this exhibition. IlluminOdyssey’s interactive glowing exhibits awaken kids’ curiosity, build critical thinking skills, and inspire an interest in science and the natural world. As a non-profit outdoor science museum and zoo, we make exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math fun and exciting for kids and adults of all ages.

* Please Note: This is a darkened hall with a variety of light-based exhibits and artwork. Visitors sensitive to light and sound may be affected.

Tips to make the most of your IlluminOdyssey experience:

  • Most of our visitors arrive in the morning. For a less crowded experience, consider arriving after 2 PM. 
  • CuriOdyssey members receive access to member-only mornings during IlluminOdyssey! Explore the exhibition ahead of public hours for the day through these monthly special hours. Join online before your next visit: you’ll also unlock free parking and a discount at the CuriOdyssey shop! (P.S.: Memberships also make great gifts.)
  • Love our lanterns? You can bring one home! This year’s lanterns are rechargeable and enjoyable year-round. Stop by the shop on your way out to purchase your own.

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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The gold standard for animal care and welfare.
ASTC Member. Association of Science and Technology Centers.
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