55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
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Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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NightLife at the Academy

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry. 6-10 pm (Exhibit times vary)

Eclipse NightLife

Eclipse NightLife

21+ event, 6:00-10:00 pm

Music by Ceephax Acid Crew, LLeGGs and Hi Scores, plus Chris Orr and Le Heat DJs

Set your sights on NightLife’s first-ever solar eclipse after party. Once the sun sets, the museum comes to life to explore epic celestial bodies, like the Sun and the Moon.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Eclipse Activities in African Hall (Level 1)
6:30-10:00 pm, Didn’t get to peep the partial solar eclipse in real-time? Watch live replays (safely) in African Hall, where you can explore all things up above.

Learn about particle acceleration from cosmic rays with Stanford’s Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Plus, chat with specialists from Stanford Department of Earth System Science and talk solar physics with Standford Solar Group.

Then, explore and test your knowledge of the sun while chatting with science education specialist Dan Zevin from Multiverse and solar physicist Nicole Duncan from Berkeley Space Sciences Lab.

Cosmic Crafts in the East Pavilion (Level 1)
6:00-10:00 pm, Make take-home eclipse mobiles with SCRAP and take part in the I/O demo station, where you can make otherworldy sounds with modular synths.

Video Projections in the East Garden (Level 1)
8:00-10:00 pm, Check out cosmic-inspired video collages from local projection artist Luke Judd.

Music Performances in the Piazza (Level 1)
7:10-7:30 pm, LLeGGS
7:45-8:10 pm, Hi Scores
8:30-9:30 pm, Ceephax Acid Crew

With music by Le Heat DJs and Chris Orr between sets.

Solar Eclipse Astronomy by the Project Lab (Level 1)
6:30-9:00 pm, Meet Academy astronomers as they explain the science behind the solar eclipse and what it means when the Sun and Moon cross paths.

21+ Event, ID required for entry.

Note: The 4-story Rainforest exhibit closes at 7:45pm and planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Back To The Moon

Planetarium

Enjoy the following planetarium shows this week at NightLife:

6:30 pm
The Eclipse Effect

Throughout time, humans have been awed when the Sun went dark or the moon turned a sunset red. Today, astronomers know how, why, and when eclipses occur. Unravel this celestial spectacle with Planetarium Presenter Colin Elliott for a look at what ancient peoples thought when the lights went out, how these events have impacted the course of history, and what we can learn from the dark.

7:30 pm
Journey to the Stars
Travel through space and time to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars. See brilliant supernova explosions, dive into the heart of the fiery Sun, and watch it transform into a red giant five billion years in the future. Along the way, you will discover the deep-rooted connection between humanity and the stars.  Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg.

8:30 pm
Back to the Moon for Good
Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

Note: Passes to planetarium shows are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Creatures of the NightLife

Creatures of the NightLife

21+ event, 6:00-10:00 pm

Presented by Bay Area Science Festival
Live performance by Pictureplane, hosted by 120 Minutes DJs

The creatures come out at night as NightLife joins forces with the Bay Area Science Festival for an evening of delightful disgust.

Discover the science and spectacle behind vampires, zombies and other creatures that go bump in the night. 

Come in costume and catch a drag show and costume contest hosted by hostess of horror and local drag queen legend Peaches Christ—it’s guaranteed to make your hair stand! 

Hear epic tales from the Academy’s underwater expeditions to the deep, dark depths of the “Twilight Zone”  during a live dive show, then step into the darkness for a Ghost Image Understanding Lab demo by Mark Lescroart—just don’t look behind you! 

In African Hall, explore an "organ lab” where you can touch and feel specimens (including human brains) with Bay Area neuroscientists, then learn how to dissect a sheep brain.

Wonder whether the Zombie Apocalypse is a real possibility? Play an interactive game that shows just how quickly a virus can spread with the help of Gladstone Institutes.

Plus, learn just how enticing your blood might be as you find out what’s pumping through your veins with blood-typing from Blood Centers of the Pacific.

21+ Event, ID required for entry.

Note: The 4-story Rainforest exhibit closes at 7:45pm and planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Dark Universe

Planetarium

Enjoy the following planetarium shows this week at NightLife:

6:30 pm
Earth Update

Join Dr. Meg Lowman, Chief of Science and Sustainability and resident arbornaut, alongside Brian Malow, Science Comedian and Communicator, in the planetarium for a look back at our own planet and up into the canopy. Get immersed in a wonderful world of life in the rarely visited treetops of the rainforest.

7:30 & 8:30 pm
Dark Universe
Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in a vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through deep space and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe.

Note: Passes to planetarium shows are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

VIP tour on Living Roof, gem and mineral collection, students and reasearchers in the lab

Food

A variety of food options are available each week at NightLife from 6-9:30pm.

Academy Cafe, Level 1 (across from Rainforest)
Sit and enjoy bites and drinks crafted by San Francisco’s renowned chef Charles Phan. Special guest DJs rotating weekly.

Academy Cafe Food Cart, Lobby
Grab small bites on the go.

The Moss Room, Lower Level (enter at Academy Cafe)
Sit and enjoy an artisan cocktail or variety of local beers and wines with bites from the cafe.
For large groups, please dial:
415.876.6121

 
Earthquake exhibit, baby ostrich

Drink

Each week, enjoy a different fresh seasonal "Craft on Draft" cocktail at each bar area. Please note: All bars accept cash and credit cards.

Stay tuned for this week's cocktail tour menu designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

VIP tour on Living Roof, gem and mineral collection, students and reasearchers in the lab

NightLife VIP Tour

Want an entirely different NightLife experience? Join us on our NightLife VIP Tour.

Tickets include:

  • Admission to NightLife with express entry
  • One-hour behind-the-scenes tour with a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection
  • Open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour
  • Meet and greet with Academy researchers in the project lab
  • VIP access to the Rainforest, and a reserved pass for the 8:30 Planetarium show

$59/person – limited tickets available each week

6pm - 8pm (event ends at 10 pm)

For tickets and details, please click here.

 
NightLife visitors enjoying cocktails, bar, NightLife Private Lounge

NightLife Private Lounge

Looking for a great space to celebrate landing that big account, throw a birthday party, or just gather with all your old friends, all while enjoying San Francisco’s most exciting Thursday night event?  Rent out the NightLife Private Lounge. You’ll get early access to a premium private room with catering and bar service and access to our Thursday NightLife event.

For more booking information contact David Nemoyten at (415) 379-5499 or dnemoyten@calacademy.org.

 
Morrison Planetarium earthquake visualization

NightLife Group Bookings

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10/23/2014 - "Eclipse NightLife"

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Upcoming Events

   

10/30/14 - "Creatures of the NightLife"

 

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Maps & Directions

   

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NightLife Sponsorship

   

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring NightLife. For inquiries, please contact:

sponsorship@calacademy.org

NightLife Inquiries

   

If you’re interested in performing or presenting at Nightlife, please contact nbooking@calacademy.org.

Please direct general questions or feedback to nightlife@calacademy.org.

What our Visitors Say

   

Nightlife has always been a very entertaining and new experience everytime I have been. Whether from the crazy Dinosaur Burlesque show to seeing Fitz & The Tantrums at the Nightlife Gala I never know.

- Zanni D.

The exhibits are beautifully maintained. Our NightLife visit included a back-of-the-scenes tour. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

- Nina S.

NightLife is great! Fun and informational events, delicious drinks, good music and great company has been my experience thus far.

- Michael A.

At NightLife, I get a kick out of seeing adults experiment with the exhibits. I've been many times and still have not seen everything. Planetarium is up next!

- Michael A.

The Academy is one of those places that gives you both an educational and entertaining experience and the NightLife is such a fun event!

- Barbara C.

I love NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences because no matter how many times I go, I always find something new to learn.

- Gaby B.

Visited on a Thursday night and did the VIP package. Nice to have a private group tour with a separate area for food and beverage and express entrance to the Planetarium.

- Bill K.

NightLife really is the coolest place in town on Thursdays. Great place to take first dates, groups of friends and out-of-towners.

- Kelly B.

The crowd is happy, fun, no-drama type people. You get good food, good drinks, and great DJ's. If you want to go out and have real fun, this is the place to do it.

- Tracey M.

NightLife is the best thnig going on in the city. You have interesting and unique experiences with every visit.

- Tracey M.