The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the Main Experience and the Ultimate Experience?

The Main Experience includes full access to the outdoor display, including 17 illuminated settings with more than 36 sculptures. Upgrading to the Ultimate Experience includes the outdoor display and adds access to seven rooms inside the Paine mansion with lighting installations, including a major display in the main art gallery. Reservations for the Ultimate Experience are especially limited due to capacity constraints inside the mansion.

Paine Members receive discounted admission during the Premier Presentation, September 12-October 30, which includes access to the displays indoors for no additional charge, as available. You may join or renew as a Member when making a reservation. To learn more about Membership benefits that extend for an entire year, click here.


Are walk-ins accepted?

Reservations are required to attend The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark. Due to the high volume of expected attendees and limited capacity of the property, walk-in admission is discouraged and will only be accommodated as capacity may allow. To make a reservation, click here.


I am having trouble making a reservation online. What should I do?

Please give us a call at 920-235-6903 and a Paine staff member would be happy to help you! You may also email with questions.


Can I cancel or change my reservation?

Reservations for The Nature of Light are nonrefundable. Reservations may be rescheduled as available admission times allow if requested three or more days in advance by contacting or 920-235-6903. Reservations may be transferred by simply having the new party use the original reservation name when entering.


How long does it take to view the exhibition?

Guests are encourage to take their time viewing the lighting exhibition. We estimate outdoor viewing may last 45 minutes to one hour and indoor viewing may add an additional 20 minutes. Guests are welcome to walk through the gardens more than once as they may wish. Entry to the mansion will be limited to one viewing due to capacity constraints indoors.


Are concessions available?

Concession selections will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the outdoor viewing experience, and guests are welcome to sit and enjoy their food and beverage or to wander through the outdoor experience with them.


Is there a gift shop?

Yes! A gift shop outdoors in the gardens offers light-up and kid-friendly items. In addition, an art gallery indoors will display a selection of artworks by HYBYCOZO that are available for purchase through their website by clicking here.

Is the exhibition handicap accessible?

Yes, the exhibition pathways are handicap accessible in the gardens and the mansion.


Are bathrooms available?

Portable bathrooms are available near the entrance to the event. Bathrooms are also available inside the Conservatory building at the conclusion of the viewing experience. Bathrooms inside the Paine mansion are available to guests with reservations for indoor viewing.


Will the event close because of rain or severe weather?

The Nature of Light is a rain-or-shine event and will continue during rain. Admittance to the event may be suspended temporarily during severe weather and will resume as soon as conditions improve. If severe weather occurs during the event, visitors are advised to seek shelter in their vehicle or inside a Paine building as capacity allows. Refunds will only be provided if the event is forced to close for the evening due to prolonged severe weather.


Where can I park for the event?

Limited parking is available in the Paine’s lot on Algoma Boulevard located next to the mansion, which also offers accessible parking spaces and a drop off area. Additional parking is available in the Paine’s overflow lot at 1313 Elmwood Avenue. Parking is also available in the lot at Martin Luther Church, located next to the Paine on Algoma Boulevard (not available 8/22-23 and limited availablity some evenings). Click here for a map of parking lot options. Visitors may also park along surrounding streets; please be sure to adhere to any parking restriction signs.


Can I view the sculptures during the day?

Daylight viewing of the sculptures is offered August 5–October 30. Daytime hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 AM–4:00 PM. Admission includes viewing the sculptures inside the mansion and outdoors in the gardens. Crafts and activities for families are available in the Studio, located on the lower level of the mansion. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. To learn more about HYBYCOZO Sculptures in Daylight, click here.


Can I bring a group tour?

The Paine does not offer group tours or discounts for The Nature of Light. Groups must make reservations using the regular process for nighttime visits. The Paine does offer group tours during regular daytime hours. Group tours must be arranged two weeks in advance. To inquire about a group tour, please submit an inquiry here.


I’m a Paine Member. What benefits do I receive for this exhibition?

Thank you for supporting the Paine with a Membership! Paine Members receive discounted admission. Members also receive Ultimate Experience reservations (inside and outside), as available, for the same discounted admission price as Main Experience reservations (outside only). As usual, Paine Members also receive free admission during regular daytime hours, August 5–October 30, which includes viewing the sculptures inside the mansion and outdoors in the gardens.

To join or renew as a Member, please click here.


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