After Dark: Finding Fungi

Thursday, January 6, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

Foraging for fungi? Discover some fun facts about the beautiful, diverse, and curious fungus kingdom, including mushrooms, yeasts, and molds. Learn about the fungi that are most local to the Bay Area and how to identify species. And discover a few of the new uses inventive minds are finding for fungi.

Love fungus? Join us on January 13th for Wondrous Fungus—a second, different, program about the fungus kingdom!

Just for tonight:

Fungus Among Us
With Simon Meyers  
6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. Moore Gallery 4 Explainer Station

Immerse yourself in a sensory exploration of our planet’s most versatile decomposers—join the Explainers as they dive into the weird, delicious, and suspicious world of fungi. Come marvel at the role fungi play in the balance of life and death.

Testin’ for Toxins
With Cat Adams

7:00–8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Have you ever wondered whether a wild mushroom was deadly poisonous? We can’t see the toxins lurking inside poisonous mushrooms, but with the help of science, we do have test strips that can do it for us. These strips detect the deadly toxin amanitin, both in mushrooms and in urine samples of reckless foragers, say, or curious dogs. Join Cat Adams to learn more and see the strips in action.

Fascinating Fungal Finds
With Alan Rockefeller
7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Join mycologist Alan Rockefeller on a mushroom ID tour. A prolific mycologist and super-user of the community science tool iNaturalist, Rockefeller will showcase some (err...a couple hundred!) of his favorites finds, honing in on edible mushrooms you might discover on local hikes and super-special species that are often overlooked without attentive observation. He’ll also share the mighty power of iNaturalist as a tool for real-time identification and understanding the mushroom species in a particular area.

The Poison Games: Deadly Poisonous Mushrooms From the Bay Area and Around the World
With Cat Adams
8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

In this interactive deadly digest, Cat Adams will explore the world of deadly poisonous mushrooms, their toxins, and how to treat accidental poisonings. She’ll compare and contrast dangerous mushrooms that can be found locally with edible species, as well as survey understudied toxic mushrooms from around the world. Throughout the talk, audience members will play the Poison Games, choosing carefully between paired images of one poisonous and one non-poisonous mushroom. May the fungal odds be ever in your favor!

Mycological Society of San Francisco
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Learn about the characteristics of local fungi and see fresh specimens up close! The Mycological Society of San Francisco was founded in 1950 to promote the understanding and enjoyment of mushrooms and other fungi. Tonight, they invite you to learn more about the various fungi in our local environments, from edible to poisonous to medical—and to revel in fungal beauty as they take specimens under the microscope, showcasing magnificent spores and gills.

DJ Dance Party
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45, 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJs from Hip Hop for Change set the vibe and keep the party moving all night!  

Indoor Bar Inside Gallery 3 Classroom
Bechtel Gallery 3
6:00–9:30 p.m.


Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

Curious about what to expect during your visit? Check out our current safety protocols and guidelines.