The Secret Society of Adultologists

The Secret Society of Adultologists: Time Machine

Friday, January 24, 7-10 PM

After months of clandestine tinkering, the Secret Society is ready to bust out our new time machine. At this 21+ after-hours adventure, we will travel back as far as the dinosaurs and forward into a San Diego altered by climate change. Relive the rugged journeys of naturalists past and explore future worlds using virtual reality. Sip a craft cocktail or beer* as you wander two new exhibitions: Living Lab and Insects Face to Face. Go behind-the-scenes to meet the Museum's rarely-seen specimens and scientists. And, of course, dress per your favorite era, past or future (and strut it in the costume contest).

This kid-free evening is a whole new way to experience The Nat—stay late and rediscover your sense of wonder.

*Food and drinks available for purchase.

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Activities and Partners

  • Live Music with Chunky Hustle Brass Band, 8:15 PM
  • Cosplay with SD Who Con - Take a photo with the TARDIS and meet The Doctor and his companions as San Diego Who Con cosplayers travel the Museum. Allons-y!
  • Travel the Galaxies with the San Diego Air & Space Museum - Immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe as you tour the constellations.
  • Choose Your Future with the Climate Science Alliance and the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment - Explore what climate change means for the future of planet. With several fun hands-on demonstrations, participants will understand the impact of climate on our oceans, our air, and what we can do to choose a different future.
  • 100 Island Challenge with the Smith Lab at Scripps Institute of Oceanography - No two coral reefs are the same, and no two reefs will face the future in the same way. Use virtual reality to understand how ecosystems change through time.
  • Seaweed for Livestock with the Smith Lab at Scripps Institute of Oceanography - Livestock produce tremendous amounts of methane. But incorporating seaweed into their diets might just change that. Learn more about this via seaweed lava lamps.
  • Time Travel Talks with Eric Leonardis of Brainscratch - Cognitive Scientist Eric Leonardis will give two short talks about thermodynamics, free energy, and the limits of time travel.
  • Photo Booth with the San Diego History Center - Pose for a picture with historic San Diegans…in space.
  • Postcards to the Future with the San Diego History Center - Write yourself a note–to be posted from the Museum a year from now.
  • Exclusive preview of The Devil's Road: A Baja Adventure and conversation with the filmmakers - Enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of The Devil's Road. In this new documentary, a group of adventurers set out across Baja California on a 5,000-mile journey to recreate the century-old expedition of two of America’s most prolific, and obscure, naturalists.
  • I Spy Time with El Garage Project Hub - Use a virtual reality viewer to search through the ages to find as many objects as possible in a limited time.
  • Time Patterns with El Garage Project Hub - Use sand to explore visual patterns created with audio frequencies that mark music styles through time.

More Activities from the Museum

  • Fossil Match - Trickier than you might think.
  • Illustrating Then to Now - Use the historic technology of camera lucida via iPad to trace San Diego's evolution.
  • Natural History Mystery - Look back at old field journals and maps to discover lost species of plants
  • Elevation Station - Spot the differences between a survey of animals from the San Jacinto Mountains in 1908 and another from 2015.
  • Behind the Scenes Tour - Join our Curator of Birds and Mammals, Dr. Phil Unitt, for a short tour of our bird collection. Phil will explain how old specimens help us understand the future of our region.
  • Hands-On Fossil Prep in the Paleo Lab - Join Museum paleontologists behind the scenes in their lab to use real tools on real fossils.
  • Swab a Frog - Learn about how understanding the history of disease in our preserved amphibian specimens can play a role in future amphibian conservation.
  • Tour Through Time - Join a paleontologist for a short tour of the Fossil Mysteries exhibit
  • Costume Contest - Dress in your futuristic finery or ancient attire to compete for prizes.
  • Explore two new exhibitions: Living Lab and Insects Face to Face.
  • Browse and shop at the Museum Store
  • City Nature Challenge and Border Bioblitz - Learn how you can participate in the research that will inform future conservation efforts.

And that's just the start. Come back later for more.

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Past Events

  • September 20, 2019: ¡Californias!
  • May 3, 2019: Garden Party
  • February 8, 2019: Red
  • November 16, 2018: Shiny, Pretty Things
  • June 16, 2018: Adult Summer Camp
  • February 9, 2018: Courtship, Love, and Sex in Nature
  • September 29, 2017: Secret Society of Adultologists

Save the dates! The next Secret Society of Adultologists will be happening:

  • May 14, 2020