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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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Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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)

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Jackpot NightLife

Music by DJ Tanoa

Feeling lucky? Some of the greatest discoveries in science were products of pure chance. This week, test out your fortune and roll the dice as NightLife looks at the science and statistics of luck.

Hear from the visual effects gurus at Tippett Studio, whose out-of-this-world visualizations are featured in the new FOX series COSMOS, taking viewers on a virtual tour of the Universe every week.

Channel Las Vegas circa-1965 with the sultry sounds of DJ Tanoa, spinning Rat Pack-era tunes as you sip cocktails at a high rollers bar.

Plus, raise the stakes with casino games, including poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps. In the East Pavilion, learn about key discoveries in science that altered the way we think about the world.

Wrap your head around the Golden Ratio and other matters of physics with Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, chat about mysterious astronomical discoveries like the Big Bang, dark matter, and the search for life on other planets with the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium team, and get up to speed with the latest research on stem cells and vaccines with Stanford Postdocs.

Come back down to Earth to learn about the evolutionary clues scientists have discovered by studying the Galapagos Islands, and what deep sea discoveries we’re only just beginning to uncover.

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 presentation

Planetarium

Enjoy the following planetarium shows this week at NightLife:

6:30
Earth Update: Live from the Philippines!
It's 9:30am in the Philippines and the day has already started for 40+ Academy scientists.  Join Drs. Terry Gosliner, Meg Burke, Rich Mooi and colleagues live in the Philippines, as they join us remotely in the planetarium to share the efforts of this expedition with you.

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.

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NightLife LIVE: Perception

Live sets by Dam-Funk and Myron & E presented by Noise Pop; exhibit debut by artist Boback Emad

This summer, NightLife is going LIVE with a monthly music and art series for adults 21+. On one select Thursday each month, NightLife LIVE enlists the expertise of buzzworthy local tastemakers to pair emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an innovative intersection of science, music, and art.  NightLife believes evolution is natural—so we’re excited to launch this monthly NightLife LIVE series while continuing to offer Bay Area culture lovers the same dose of music, creatures, and cocktails they’ve come to know and love every Thursday night.

NightLife kicks off its summer music and art series with a salute to our senses. For the audibly-enticed, Dam-Funk, LA’s “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” will christen the NightLife LIVE outdoor stage for an unforgettable show guaranteed to bring out the boogie in us all. A pioneer of the electro-funk renaissance, his soulful sounds recall funk-laden styles of the early 80’s.

Plus, hot off a stint at SXSW, soul duo Myron & E open the night with a sneak preview of soul selections from their upcoming debut album Broadway, due out this summer.

Be the first to view an art installation by architect-turned-sculpture artist Boback Emad, designed especially for NightLife LIVE.

Perception abounds throughout the museum with interactive stations on sight, sound, touch, and more.

Have an outer body experience as you watch yourself complete physical tasks from a third-person perspective with OuterBody Labs.

Then, let others see the world through your own eyes with vision technology from SensoMotoric Instruments.

Strap on a pair of vision distortion goggles and challenge your perceptive mechanisms with artist Simon Pyle and optically-charged works by Sean Newport, hosted by Gallery Daily.

Plus, make your own optical illusions with the crafters at SCRAP.

In the Piazza, challenge the laws of motion by getting down to the futuristic mash ups of Grown Kids Radio, then head over to the Project Lab to see dazzling examples of biomimicry in nature with Academy entomologist Norm Penny.

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.

Buy Tickets

RSVP on Facebook

 

 
Dark Universe Planetarium presentation

Planetarium

Enjoy the following planetarium shows this week at NightLife:

6:30 pm
Trick of the Eye, Trick of the Sky

For thousands of years, people have been looking at the skies for information. But can we trust what we see there? What if things are not really as they appear? Join planetarium presenter Colin Elliot for a mind-bending revelation of how our eyes, brains, and even the Universe itself, may be deceiving us. 

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.

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DIY NightLife

Let your inspiration run wild as you DIY throughout the museum with the help of the Bay Area maker community.

Make out like a bandit and pick up sweet gifts for friends (or treat yourself!) at a pop-up maker shop with vendors from SF Bazaar.

Then, meet artists from SF Maker Faire as they display their handcrafted works in African Hall.

Who says you need a degree to build a computer? Join the Computer & Technology Resource Center and help turn recycled e-waste into usable computers for underserved communities.

Then, meet a super computer maker bot by Other Machine Co.. Stanford Postdocs will show off replacement parts designed for the human heart, and The Crucible will host a metal-working workshop.

Join Green Art Workshop to create your very own eco-animal.

Want to see what happens when science and art nerds unite? View an exhibit of projects by grad students from both the Academy and the California College of the Arts in display in the East Pavilion.

In the planetarium, space out on art as you catch a special presentation of Making Art in the Dome at 7:30 and 8:30 pm.

At the Project Lab, check out intricate animal nests built by nature’s makers. Trust us, they’re impressive!

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.

Buy Tickets

RSVP on Facebook

 

 
Universe Update Planetarium presentation

Planetarium

Enjoy the following planetarium shows this week at NightLife:

6:30 pm
Universe Update

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!  Josh Roberts pilots you through the stars and beyond the galaxies, explaining the latest space headlines in easily-digestible terms, and returns you safely to Earth in less than an hour. 

7:30 & 8:30 pm
Making Art in the Dome

Stay tuned for programming details!

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

Click here to buy NightLife tickets for a group of 10 or more people.


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Next NightLife Event

   

5/1/2014 - "Jackpot NightLife"

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Upcoming Events

   

5/8/14 - "NightLife LIVE: Perception"

5/15/14 - "DIY NightLife"

Maps & Directions

   

Map

Click here for information about how to get to the Academy plus parking and safety tips.

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.