• NightLife illustration
    Artwork by Nigel Sussman
  • Trex
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • coral reef
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • DJ performance
    Photo by Celeste Lindahl
  • Docent
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Rainforest
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Hot Flash Heat Wave
    Photo By John Hartsfield
  • Amazon exhibit
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Project Lab
    Photo by Jason Mongue
  • live painting
    Photo by Jason Mongue

Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. 

Explore a unique theme each week and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits.

Upcoming Events

June 22nd at 6:00 pm

Come celebrate love, equality, self-expression and San Francisco Pride at NightLife's annual Pride Party!

June 29th at 6:00 pm

Get your late night science fix with the best of the Academy & hear from special guest Matt Simon of WIRED mag.

July 6th at 6:00 pm

Feeling outdoorsy? Get prepared and learn survival tips from experts before your next camping trip or adventure.

July 13th at 6:00 pm

A NightLife LIVE summer music series—performances by Connan Mockasin + Morgan Delt, Presented by Noise Pop.

July 20th at 6:00 pm

Follow the brewing process from botanical inception to foamy finish, sip and sample at a beer garden, and more!

July 27th at 6:00 pm

Peep the fourth-annual wildlife photography exhibit before it opens and learn the latest in photography!

NightLife Artist Spotlight

NightLife Artist Spotlight

Meet Bay Area artist Nigel Sussman and learn about the (wild) inspiration behind his commissioned NightLife illustration.

Food & Drink NightLife

Food & Drink

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 pm, including the Academy Café, The Terrace (located in the West Garden), and convenient food cart in the front lobby.

Enjoy a new seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar, designed by resident mixologist Shane McKnight. Plus, enjoy a weekly menu of beer, wine, and spirits.

Join The Hive

Join The Hive

Interested in a NightLife season pass? Join the Hive—the Academy's exclusive membership for ages 21–40. Perks include a ticket to Party After Dark, and more!

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NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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