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Strange Science: Into the Dark

Step into a darker time when magic and science had not yet been divided. See how the midnight woods could reveal a shadowy clearing where hooded figures dance around a bubbling cauldron.

Does it contain a healing elixir, a love potion, or something dangerously wicked?

Join us and explore arcane experiments, unexpected discoveries, and forbidden passions through live theatrical performances, scholarly lectures, and special displays of rarely seen objects from our vaults.


Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 I 6–9:30 p.m.

Open to Huntington Members at the Premier levels only (Affiliate, Supporting, Patron, Benefactor, and Society of Fellows). Age 21+ event. Capacity is limited. Advance tickets required.

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Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 I 6–9:30 p.m.

Open to to the public with advanced tickets. Age 21+ event. Capacity is limited. Advance tickets required.

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The Huntington Library illuminated by purple and green lights
entrance with costumed guests
The Huntington Library splashed with red lights at a party.

Strange Science 2021. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

| © 2021 Sarah M Golonka | smg-photography

Halloween-themed bride and groom pose for photo.

Strange Science 2021. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

| © 2021 Sarah M Golonka | smg-photography

A Halloween-themed mug of coffee.

Coffee Cart Boys, "Vampires Nightcap."

A Halloween-themed iced-coffee with whip cream on top.

Coffee Cart Boys, "Brujas Brew."

A Halloween-themed iced-coffee with whip cream and piece of chocolate on top.

Coffee Cart Boys, "Candyman."

Two leather-and-lace dressed circus performers performers pose for a publicity photo.

CirqueSanity is the fusion of aerial acrobatics and contortion, vivaciously vibrant characters and mind-melting object manipulation!

An aerial circus performer dances with colored cloth high above the ground.

CirqueSanity is the fusion of aerial acrobatics and contortion, vivaciously vibrant characters and mind-melting object manipulation!

Event Highlights

  • LA Opera Connects performs highlights from selected operas, including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elixir of Love, and Faust, narrated by Macbeth’s Witches
  • Spine-tingling tales and poems are brought to life by the Guild of St. George in the Edgar Allan Poe & Masters of the Macabre Theatre
  • Deborah Harkness, historian of science and medicine, and New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, discusses Renaissance era potions, their preparation, and purposes (Saturday, October 22 only)
  • Catch CirqueSanity’s show of magic, story, and dazzling delights with aerial acrobatics and more
  • Poisons and Potions: Collections from the Library Vaults feature dangerous objects, books, and ephemera
  • Join Library curators for The Poisonous Pub Trivia, a bubbly pub quiz on the toxic, noxious, and narcotic represented in The Huntington’s collections
  • Libations flow in The Cauldron, The Wytch Wood, and The Wizard’s Sanctum

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