mushrooms

Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

Put down the button mushrooms and discover fungi’s true potential.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Fascinating Fungi
(African Hall)
7:15, 8:00 & 8:45pm, Hear fascinating fungi talks that range from the foraged to the funeral.

The Science of Spores
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm, 
Dive into the science of spores with the following experts:

  • Discover the role of fungi in future engineering with Sonia Travaglini, a UC Berkeley researcher.
  • Take a microscopic look at parasitic fungus with UC Berkeley’s Eisen Lab
  • Examine mycology under the microscopes with experts at Merritt College
  • Take spore prints with Tyler Tauntin of SF Mycological Society
  • Look at the Life cycle of Chytrid Fungi with Stearns Lab at Stanford. 

The Edible and Exotic
(Swamp)
6:00-10:00pm,
Under the expert guidance of Bay Area Applied Mycology, assemble your own DIY mushroom growing kit and peep super exotic mushroom specimens with Far West Fungi. Plus, check out the Mushroom Burial Suit from Coeio up close.

Truffle Talks
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm, talk at 8:30pm,
Ever wonder about the area’s mushroom landscape? Learn about urban truffle foraging throughout the Bay Area from Stephanie Jarvis Pacific Truffle Growers.

Then, become a fun guy (Sorry, had to...) on the dance floor to the fungi inspired funk laid down by Andy Cabic (Vetiver) in the Piazza.

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
     
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
     
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
     
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

 

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

For millennia, hallucinogens and constellations have both played roles in storytelling and religious practice

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Upcoming NightLife Events

January 26th at 6:00 pm

Check out the best of the Academy with behind the scenes science in the world's greenest museum.

February 2nd at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Lunar New Year with lion dancers, masked performers, and more!

February 9th at 6:00 pm

Kick off the 25th annual Noise Pop Festival with an Animal Collective (DJ set), plus sound-inspired science. 

February 16th at 6:00 pm

Hear from local beer and spirit masters as NightLife partners with SF Beer Week for a refreshing event.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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