Show us yours and we’ll show you ours—collections that is! This week, NightLife salutes the time-tested art and science of collecting. From life forms discovered at the darkest depths of the ocean to space objects collected after crashing through the atmosphere—we’ve got it all. In African Hall, view a special Philippines Expedition Showcase. Fresh from the Academy’s largest scientific diving expedition to date in the Philippines, Dr. Terry Gosliner and Academy researchers will showcase some of the most fascinating specimens collected at the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity. From photographing fish 400 feet below the surface, to preparing a sea slug to enter into a scientific collection, get an insider’s look into the Academy’s growing collection of nearly 46 million scientific specimens. Plus, view legendary Bay Area collections with Paxton Gate, local taxidermy emporium Loved to Death, GIGART, and Schein & Schein Antique Maps. Learn how courageous scientists once risked their lives to save Academy collections after the 1906 earthquake and fire as you view prized collections from the Academy’s library archives. Then, see Academy research in action with a special selection from the Ornithology and Mammalogy collection. In the Coral Reef, view vintage 16mm reels from Bay Area film aficionado and collector Jon Bastian. In the East Pavilion, dance to the sounds of two of the Bay Area’s top vinyl DJs—Tanoa and Tom LG—as they battle for the title of “vinyl victor.” Take a trip to the Academy's Gem & Mineral Vault to admire an impressive collection of precious stones rarely seen by the public (**8:45-9:45 pm, Limited Capacity; available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.)
21+ Event, ID required for entry.
Note: The 4-story Rainforest exhibit closes at 7:45pm and planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.