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

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.


Women in Science Lightning Talks
(East Pavilion)
This month we shine a light on Women in Science! Learn about the incredible work being done by women scientists at the Academy and around the Bay Area.

Brainstormer Trivia
(African Hall)
7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:00pm​, 
Put your worldly knowledge to the test with three rounds of science-inspired trivia from Brainstormer.

Live Dive Show
(Coral Reef)
Enjoy a nighttime dive show in our Philippine Coral Reef tank from one of our dive experts and watch them, float, feed and talk all while underwater.

The Work of Women in Science
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
From insects to climate change - Explore the wide world of research conducted all by some of the Bay Area's top female scientists. 

Adult Chemistry: A Kentucky Smoke
(The Terrace)
Tastings from 6:00 - 9:30pm 
Talks at 7:30 & 8:30pm,
Taste a true Kentucky experience with Bourbon expert, Megan Breier. Get the inside scoop on the aging, region, and grains that influence the final flavor profile all while tasting some paired bites of delectable smoked country Ham.

Bourbon Tastings are $20. Paired tastings are separate.

DJ set in the Piazza by The BeDazzlers.



  • 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 – 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.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Join a guided tour of the space weather events that influence satellites, spacecraft and even life on Earth.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy!

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 31st at 6:00 pm

Enjoy some “Adult Chemistry” with Drake’s Brewing Co. and stories from the field with Dr. Jason G. Goldman.

September 7th at 6:00 pm

Break down the science of fermentation—from beer to cheese and everything in between!

September 14th at 6:00 pm

Chill out with sample-based electronic music from Ryan Hemsworth & Qrion, presented by Popscene.

September 21st at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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