Last night Erik and I met up with Phuong and Susan at the California Academy of Sciences nightlife event. It was outrageously rad. Every thursday, they have a 21 and over event inside the museum/aquarium/planetarium where there are dj’s and bars and young 20-somethings everywhere. They basically give you booze and free reign of the space. OKay, you have to pay for the booze but still – what a way to enjoy a museum!
Erik and I got there around 7 and waited a few minutes for Phuong and Susan in a large glass-walled room with a bar, that I later discovered is called “The Human Exhibit.” Too cute. Basically a bunch of unsuspecting humans like me congregated around a watering hole where others can look in and observe. Kind of like that Twilight Zone episode where the guy goes to the other planet and they set him up in a regular “earth habitat” and then he opens the window and disovers that he’s in their zoo exhibit.
I was really surprised by the number of young, fashionable people there. When you hear “Academy of Sciences” you think elementary school field trip and elderly Sunday mornings, but this place was crammed with stylish looking people.
There was just too much to see, and we spent the whole night in the newly renovated aquarium. It was a little funny “drinking like a fish” while looking at fish. They designed it such a way that you didn’t always know where the glass of the aquarium started and the room stopped, which accounted for some trippy freakyness in my head (“where is the glass? am I underwater? why is that fish looking at me funny?)
We agreed that we’re going to have to come back to see the other exhibits, because there’s a whole planetarium, rainforrest, and other parts that I’m not even sure what’s in them. The rainforrest looked neat but closes early, and you can’t bring drinks in there so that’s going to require some planning ahead for next time. It looks like a giant glass dome with Indiana Jones style vines and walkways, and butterflies and things flying around in it.
We did make it up to the “living roof” which is covered in plants growing out of it and weird crater-like portal sunwindows on the roof of the building. Again, very Twilight Zone.
I can’t wait to go back!
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