Fungus Among Us NightLife
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Make room for ‘shrooms because fungi are taking over! Join us for our annual fungus-filled extravaganza, featuring mushroom-themed crafts, fascinating talks that take the mystery out of mycology, an artsy scavenger hunt, and more.

Sounds by DJ Parrot

Check out DJ Parrot's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

Music

Wondrous Fungus - Live talks in African Hall with Eleana Hsu and Alan Rockefeller
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Wondrous Fungus (Live Talks)
African Hall

  • 7:30pm - Explore the powers of fungi and fermentation with Eleana Hsu of Shared Cultures, a small batch producer in San Francisco specializing in using koji, an ancient fungi. Hsu’s talk will take you through the ways this unique fungus has shaped human civilization for over 2,500 years, and its historical impact on food preservation.
  • 8:30pm - Gather ‘round and join Alan Rockefeller, as he unveils the enchanting world of psilocybin and tryptamine-rich fungi found in North America. Known for their psychoactive properties, learn about three recently discovered psilocybe species from Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
DIY Fungi - Take-home growkits
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DIY Fungi
Swamp
6PM while supplies last!

  • Cultivate your very own oyster mushroom spores with a take-home grow kit and expert guidance from Bay Area Applied Mycology.
Mushroom Hunt - Forage for original art from Attaboy...
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Mushroom Hunt
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6 - 10 PM

  • Search for one-of-a-kind mushroom art hidden throughout the museum by Artist and creator of the worldwide holiday Game of Shrooms Daniel Seifert, better known as Attaboy. Check for clues via his Instagram @attayumfactory for eagle-eyed NightLife attendees to find (and keep!). Pro tip: Be sure to show up when doors open for the best chance to score one of Attaboy’s pieces!
Fungus Among Us Showcase - Peruse the mushroom marketplace
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Fungus Among Us Showcase
Swamp
6 - 10 PM

Peruse the mushroom marketplace, featuring goods from:

The Menu - Drinks and Bites from Liquid Happiness & Chef Rob
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In The Academy Cafe:

  • Fried Mushrooms with Smokey Aioli
  • Mushroom and Arugula Pizza - truffle bechamel, assorted california chef's mushrooms, arugula

At The Swamp & Aquarium Bars: 

  • Stay tuned!
A few don't-miss NightLife details:
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A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Last entry into Osher Rainforest is 7:30 pm — our animals need their sleep.
  • Gems and Minerals Unearthed opens to the public at 8:30 pm. It is reserved for NightLife Plus guests from 6 - 8:30 pm.
  • Morrison Planetarium passes are available online in advance for $5 each while supplies last. Showtimes are 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm. A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, or the Swamp.
  • While not required, we encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations and to mask up indoors. If you’re feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 or another respiratory virus, please visit another time. View our health and safety page.
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Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover the beauty, variety, and vast complexity of our connections to the network of life that surrounds us.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

Attention Earthlings: our planet's calling & it's time to answer. Join us for a night of community & activism.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.

May 9th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

May 16th at 6:00 pm

Carnaval is taking over! Join the party and celebrate Latin American, Caribbean & Afrodiasporic cultures.

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

Why is California so special? Find out at the grand opening of our newest exhibit, California: State of Nature.

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Sounds by DJ Mark Maiden