Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128


Every Thursday, patrons age 21 and over will be able to experience the museum at night

SAN FRANCISCO (January 13, 2011) – NightLife, the California Academy of Sciences’ popular evening event series, returns in 2011 with an exciting lineup of programming and music. Every Thursday night, the Academy transforms into a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, mingling, and cocktails, as visitors ages 21 and up get a chance to explore the museum from 6-10pm. Tonight, NightLife’s 2011 lineup begins with a night dedicated to the science of sound.
Each Thursday evening, NightLife features entertainment and bars stocked with food and drinks available for purchase. Visitors can explore the Academy's exhibits– from the fish, snakes and other creatures in the aquarium, to the dioramas of African Hall—and attend Planetarium shows and stargazing sessions on the living roof (when weather permits). The events feature some of San Francisco’s top DJs each week, and live music once a month.
In addition, each week includes engaging science programming and activities that introduce visitors to cutting-edge science in an informal, social environment. Programming highlights during NightLife’s inaugural year included sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs, film screenings, performance art, robot demonstrations, chocolate tastings, and talks by filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, adventurer David de Rothschild, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and other notable figures. Programming details for each week are available at
NightLife VIP Tours offer visitors the opportunity for a more exclusive Thursday evening experience. Tickets ($59 per person) include admission to NightLife, a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour featuring 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.
Since launching on February 12, 2009, NightLife has been named “Best Steamy Date Night” by 7x7 Magazine, “Best Place to Party Like it’s 1929” by San Francisco Magazine, and “Best Penguin Party” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

NightLife Basics

 What: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (for adults 21+)
Featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and cocktails available for purchase
 When: Every Thursday 6-10 pm
 Where: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
 Cost: $12 per person ($10 for Academy members)
Tickets available at the door or online at