Skip to Navigation Skip to Content

california academy of sciences

Body Art Meets Science

Tonight's event couldn't get any more San Francisco. Where else could you bring a decidedly hipster vibe to a five-day biosciences festival? Part of the larger Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health festivities, Friday's California Academy of Sciences program "Body Art: An Evening Science Mingle" looks at the body as creative canvas. See complex muscle systems displayed as body paint on roaming models, and see up-close scientific images of neurons and viruses.

In partnership with the Gladstone Institutes, a leading bio-med research organization, the festival brings together some of the Bay Area’s most brilliant scientists to talk about pioneering research in human health—from cutting-edge stem cell research to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.

Cal Academy's Big Bang: Party After Dark

On May 5, explorers, acrobats, and supporters packed the California Academy of Sciences for the 25th annual Big Bang Gala. DJs Solomon and Claude Von Stroke spun records all night while acrobatic dance troop Project Bandaloop dazzled guests by swinging, bouncing, and deftly maneuvering from the walls to the ceiling.

Creeping, Crawling Snakes & Lizards Come to the Academy of Sciences Next Week

While we're not dying to snuggle with pythons or iguanas, we can learn a thing or two about survival from them–they've only been around for, oh, 200 million years. Next week, more than 60 new creepy, crawly, scaly, exotic reptiles from around the world will take up residence at the Academy of Sciences' latest wildlife spectacular, Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither, which opens May 9.

Golden Gate Park Gets an iPhone App

Being lost in Golden Gate Park (I know it's happened to all of you), just got more entertaining. The California Academy of Sciences unveiled its Golden Gate Park Field Guide app today, a cool tool that helps you discover what lies within that 1,017-acre urban oasis of ours. Apparently there are wild coyotes in the park, which are one of the 170 plant and animal species highlighted in the app's Field Guide. The app also features tour routes for foot, bicycle or car and the opportunity to unleash your inner Dora the Explorer and add your own sightings and photos to its growing database.

Public Library's Family Pass Program Is a Free Chance to Check Museums

Because you've just spent your life savings on World Series tickets, you'll probably love to hear that the SF Public Library's Family Pass Program gives library card holders a chance to experience the city's fantastic array of museums for free. Say what?

DAWN 2010 is Coming...

Get your party pants on, because DAWN 2010 is throwing one helluva celebration in honor of the Jewish holiday Shavuot. On May 15th you can lounge with libations in-hand, and party with the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences. Have a few laughs with Sandra Bernhard, chill with Gary Shteyngart, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), and dance those party pants right off at a live performance from Fool's Gold.

Paxton Gate & The Academy of Sciences Team Up This Thursday

Paxton Gate has always seemed more like a creepy-cool natural science museum than store, what with its displays of stuffed critters, slithering plants and other curiosities, so it makes perfect sense that they'd pair up with the California Academy of Sciences for an event. This Thursday (March 11th), head to the Academy for a night of scientific exploration, courtesy of Paxton Gate's diverse collection of "treasures and oddities inspired by the garden and the natural sciences".

Maya Lin Shows Us What Is Missing

“Listen to the earth,” pleaded Maya Lin during an intimate unveiling of the first component of her last public memorial at the California Academy of Sciences. Taking the shape of a very large megaphone, the large bronze and reclaimed redwood sound sculpture and video installation is sending a very clear aural and visual message: The world is speaking to us. Act now to save our planet before it’s too late.  

Maya Lin's Final Public Memorial at The Cal Academy

Twenty-eight years ago, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial won artist Maya Lin instant fame at the tender age of 21 for her brilliantly unconventional approach to uniting a divided nation with a simple slab of black granite. This Thursday, the renowned sculptor and landscape architect will debut her last public memorial at the California Academy of Sciences right here in San Francisco. The permanent site-specific sound and media installation entitled “What Is Missing?” is the first of a multi-sited, multimedia art project committed to raising awareness about the global crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss.

Dress Like Your 'Hood: 7x7's Neighborhoods Issue Launch Party at Cal Academy

Can you represent your 'hood? Cal Academy NightLife and 7x7 Magazine invite you to come dressed like your neighborhood to celebrate the launch of 7x7's first-ever Neighborhoods Issue, written and photographed by you, the readers. Editors will be on hand to judge which outfit best represents each part of the city, with a grand prize awarded at the end of the night. As an added bonus, NightLife will be giving away a special prize for the best-dressed environmentally-conscious ensemble. 7x7 will be photographing the models (you) as you strut your stuff amogst the penguins, alligators and antelope. The fashion awards ceremony will take place in African Hall from 9:00 pm to close. Don't miss it!

Daily Newsletters

Essential SF knowledge in your inbox