you can get married at the Academy of Sciences? I didn't until just recently when I was invited to attend a reception for wedding industry professionals showcasing both the venue and food that can be catered for your event from the Academy's restaurant "The Moss Room."
The entire museum is offered to couples for their event. This includes the Rainforest, African Hall, Aquarium, Planetarium (film optional service), the Living Roof for wedding party photos, Piazza, Swamp and more. Weddings and private events can be held when the museum is closed to the public which currently is 7:00 PM until 12:00 AM midnight, every night of the week except Thursdays (which is when they host their NightLife events).
They do not rent out individual spaces, you will have access to all areas of the museum.
Rainforests of the World glass dome exhibit that's like a giant atrium with a winding spiral ramp that circles the perimeter of the structure. Each floor has different displays and the atrium itself holds 1600 live animals and is filled with 250 free flying exotic birds like colorful Macaws and Blue Morpho butterflies. I will have to go back and go into the rainforest to bring you pictures of the Blue Morphos. I saw a few from outside the atrium and they were beautiful!
This was the research lab. That evening there were two women who were taking bird specimens (a hawk and a long necked wading bird like an egret) down to the their skeletons for the museum's research collection. The sign said that all animals used in this manner were found deceased and brought to the museum. It was a little shocking at first but then when I thought about how many times I'd eaten poultry over the years I decided I shouldn't be so squeamish and got up front for a look. To see the unedited photo CLICK HERE.
Stepping inside of the Research Lab is part of the Academy's Platinum Behind the Scenes tour.
Honestly, since choosing to become an accidental omnivore last year (I was going for vegetarian but have accidentally eaten a few meat products like broth and anchovy paste so I decided accidental omnivore is a better description and isn't as polarizing as vegetarian) I've found it incredibly easy to go meat free almost anywhere.
Their website says:
Both the Academy Cafe and Moss Room are committed to sustainability, organics and
proper farming – values which are harmonious with the California Academy of Sciences’
mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world.
- The Moss Room is a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Restaurant Partner.
- Both restaurants operate aggressive recycling and composting programs.
- Ingredients are sourced from suppliers which are local, certified, and/or organic whenever possible.
- Menus emphasize the seasonality of ingredients.
And I have to say that for years the steamed chicken buns at Out the Door, the to go restaurant from The Slanted Door, were my favorite steamed buns. But The Moss Room humbow has displaced Out the Door's as my new favorite humbow. But not so fast... Not all is as it appears. Turns out The Moss Room is another restaurant, like Out the Door, owned by The Slanted Door. So my new favorite steamed bun is really a lateral move, not an upset. LOL. And the reason I liked the same bun better at The Academy was because of the sweet chili paste sauce. When I get them at Out the Door I've always eaten them plain.
You'll find the buns at the Academy Cafe.
The Marinated Local Sardines with parsley pesto were provided by The Moss Room.
The Dessert Bar
A Classic Wedding Cake with layers of Devils Chocolate and Vanilla Cake
Chocolate Layer Cake
Lemon Meringue Tarts and Lavender Vanilla Shortbread Cookies
celebrated his 15th birthday in 2010.
And this is a Foucault Pendulum
Night Life" events that are described on the Academy's website as:
"NightLife is a weekly event where visitors ages 21 and older can enjoy music, science, entertainment and cocktails, while experiencing the Academy’s world-class exhibits with friends. Each weekly installment features something new and different."
So here's the thing. I just showed you the tip of the iceberg. There's still the Steinhart Aquarium, the Planitarium and the 2.5 acre, planted Living Roof I have yet to explore. I'll have to go back for sure. And not to worry, I'll bring my camera so you can come along when I do :)
What you need to know: Pricing as listed March 22, 2011:
Senior (ages 65 and over) $24.95
Youth (ages 12-17) $24.95
Child (ages 4-11) $19.95
Ages 3 and under FREE
Please note: During peak periods, including some holiday weekends, an admission surcharge may be added to ticket purchases at the door. The admission surcharge will not apply to visitors who plan ahead and purchase tickets online.
(Click Here for upcoming peak period days)
Museum Free Days for San Francisco Residents:
Visit San Francisco's greenest museum for free, every Third Wednesday of the month.
Brought to you by The Bernard Osher Foundation.
Free museum admission is available for San Francisco residents, and is dependent on your ZIP code. Click Here for the details.
More San Francisco Tourism Suggestions:
• My First Trip to Alcatraz Island
• Walking Across the Golden Gate Bridge