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Death by ChocolateMix & Mingle at Wichita’s Hottest Event

Valet Parking Red Carpet ★ Paparazzi Unlimited Tastings

Celebrate the best in film with an unforgettable Oscar-themed night that will take over the whole museum. With more than two dozen tasting stations, it’s the ultimate indulgence.

The evening will be filled with exciting Oscar-worthy surprises. Stand amidst a sea of glowing candles as you enjoy a live jazz ensemble, show your star power during laser karaoke and bust a move at the Knight Club dance party in the castle.

Swag bags and exclusive green room lounges will give VIP ticket holders the full Oscar experience.

Tickets are limited – will you be there?


2023 Death by Chocolate Event Details


March 4, 2023


VIP: 5:30 – 10 pm | General: 6:30 – 10 pm


Exploration Place


VIP: $250 | General: $125


Cocktail or Red Carpet


Adults 21+

New for 2023

Candlelight Entry

Candlelight Entry

Step into an illuminated entrance filled with the warm, flickering glow of candlelight.  A live jazz ensemble will welcome you to the 17th annual Death by Chocolate.

Laser Karaoke

Laser Karaoke

Step on stage in the Live Science Theater and get the party started! Laser lights will spin around the room as guests entertain in the most immersive karaoke experience in Wichita! It’s a unique twist on the traditional karaoke experience, with lights and sound effects adding an extra layer of excitement.

Knight Club

Knight Club

Join us for a dance party in the castle! We’ll be playing all the hottest music, from the newest hits to classic party favorites. Put on your dancing shoes and party the night away.

People's Choice

People's Choice

Returning for 2023 – guests will crown the “People’s Choice Award” for their favorite tasting!

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Top Five Reasons to Attend

  1. It’s a Food Festival in Disguise – There’s zero guilt, and calories don’t count when you’re tasting and sampling the best food and drink Wichita has to offer in support of a great cause. Come hungry, leave happy.
  2. Live Music and Dancing – Performances by a quartet, local bands and DJs
  3. Themed Experiences Throughout – Each of the galleries will be themed for Oscar winning films
  4. Unrestricted Access to All Exhibits No need to pass up playing in the exhibits because a line of kids is waiting. Death by Chocolate is 21+, and you are highly encouraged to explore!
  5. Party for a Purpose – We have an exciting guest list who are ready to dine, dance and party – all in the name of science! The support we receive through ticket sales and sponsorships helps provide programming to thousands of kids across Kansas each month.

Ticket Details and Return Policy

General Admission tickets include unlimited food and beverages, as well as access to all experiences. VIP guests receive one hour of early access and two VIP Lounges and specialty cocktails.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All tickets for Death by Chocolate are sold directly through Exploration Place and never through a third-party platform. If you have questions regarding tickets or if you have a situation where you feel an exception should be made, please contact us online. Thank you!