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

Go big this week as NightLife gets really, really small to discover the wonderful world of microbiology. Learn about the latest cutting-edge advances in exploring and explaining the science of small.

------> Join some of the Bay Area’s cutting-edge labs in checking out teeny-tiny things, including Stanford University’s innovative Foldscope, a portable origami microscope that can help make science part of your everyday life.

------> Look to the future with Indie Bio, the world’s largest biotech accelerator, and some of the exciting, promising young companies they’ve helped fund.

------> Take a crash course in mycology microscopy, the art of taking scientifically useful and beautiful images (of fungi) using a microscope, with Merritt Microscopy.

------> Meet the millions of microbes that call your body home with UCSF’s Turnbaugh Lab and see how researchers at UC Berkeley use easy-to-grow yeast microbes to help them explore larger scientific questions.

------> Learn about the future of biotech from Novozymes, a local company developing sustainable products and bio-enzymes using breakthrough science to address some of our planet’s most daunting problems.

------> Put on your amateur entomologist hat and head outside to the garden to explore the amazing world of insects with Save Nature. For a change of scope, get ready for big laughs with Eureka Comedy Science Show, an interactive show featuring scientists from Indie Bio.

Music by DJ Bobby McCole (of Pyramid Records)



  • 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

June 1st at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with a night of psychedelic science!

June 8th at 6:00 pm

Everything’s better under the sea! Celebrate World Oceans Day and the wonder of reefs with the Academy +DJ QBert

June 15th at 6:00 pm

Go big this week as NightLife gets really, really small to explore the wonderful world of microbiology.

June 22nd at 6:00 pm

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

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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