55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

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NightLife Planetarium Show

Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme – from salsa dancing to sustainable seafood and beyond.  21+

Morrison Planetarium full dome immersive all-digital show

NightLife at the Planetarium

The Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. State-of-the-art projector and software technologies allow the planetarium to produce the most accurate and interactive digital Universe ever created.

Make the Morrison Planetarium a central part of your NightLife celebration. Check the schedule below to see which shows will be on view the evening you plan to attend.

Passes to planetarium shows are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Pick up your pass at the Planetarium Kiosk.

Earth astronomy

Upcoming LIVE @ 6:30pm Planetarium Shows

Enjoy the following planetarium shows at NightLife:

Science Tonight: LIVE @ 6:30pm

June 13, 2013
6:30 pm Rocks in Space
Q: Which taste better, earth rocks or space rocks?
A: Space rocks, because they're a little meteor.
Join us in the planetarium to learn about what makes a meteor and to explore other kinds of rocks in space.

June 20, 2013
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!  Ryan Wyatt, Director of the Morrison Planetarium, 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.

June 27, 2013
6:30 pm Earth Update – Live from Africa

Passes to planetarium shows are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Pick up your pass at the Planetarium Kiosk.

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VIP Tour guests on Living Roof, gem and mineral collection, researchers and students in the lab

NightLife VIP Tour

Want an entirely different NightLife experience? Join us on our NightLife VIP Tour. Tickets include admission to NightLife, a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour with a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection and interaction with Academy researchers in the lab, express entry into the building, an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour, VIP access to the Rainforest, and a reserved pass for the 8:30 Planetarium show.

$59.00/person – limited tickets available each week

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (building closes at 10:00 pm)

For details and to buy tickets, please click here.

NightLife guests drinking 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 Dan Kalin at (415) 379-5837 or dkalin@calacademy.org.


This Week


6/13/2013 - "Rock NightLife"

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Upcoming Installments


6/20/2013 - "Birds & Bees NightLife"

6/27/2013 - "Pride NightLife"

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