Members $12
Non-Members $15
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Be the first to peep the Academy’s fourth annual BigPicture wildlife photography exhibit and raise a glass to the best in nature and conservation photography.

-----> See the captivating work of world-class photographers and discover how they document some of the most fascinating moments of life on Earth in an effort to share important conservation stories with the world.

----->Learn how aerial drone photography provides new views of our planet and can help with tracking wildlife with the Tesla Foundation.

-----> See closer-than-ever views of scientific specimens with GIGAmacro’s extreme resolution photography equipment.

-----> Check out the new photo app and device, Prynt, that prints and animates your photos straight from your phone.

DJ Set by New Wave City’s, DJ Shindog in the Piazza.



  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.


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Upcoming NightLife Events

July 27th at 6:00 pm

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

August 3rd at 6:00 pm

From bioluminescence to electric vehicles, explore the ins and outs of illumination and electricity.

August 10th at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Outside Lands weekend with a special performance from Electric Guest and the She's.

August 17th at 6:00 pm

Cat lovers unite for NightLife's tribute to our four-pawed friends!

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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