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

Get your late night science fix with a celebration of the best of the Academy and interactive programs around the museum. This month, hear from special guest and science writer of WIRED magazineMatt Simon.


Ingenuity of Evolution
(Science Today)
------> Explore the fascinating, awe-inspiring, and unsettling ingenuity of evolution as Matt Simon of WIRED discusses weird and wonderful stories from his new book, The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, which features the work of several Academy scientists.

Brainstormer Trivia
(African Hall)
7:00, 8:00 & 9:00pm

------> Put your worldly knowledge to the test with three rounds of science-inspired trivia from Brainstormer.

Adult Chemistry: Science of Bubbles
​(The Terrace)
6:00 - 9:30pm

------> Head to The Terrace Restaurant & Bar in the Academy's West Garden for our monthly “Adult Chemistry” event—this month, hear talks about the science of bubbles and taste gourmet bites that pair best with champagne and sparkling wine.

Sparkling Tasting Flight - $18; Paired bites sold separately.

Speak to Academy Scientists
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:30pm

------> Visit with Academy scientists to find out what they're working on next. Then check out a few selected specimens from the worlds largest collection sea lion skulls collected by Ray "Bones" Bandar and find out why he collects so many.

Scopes and Stars
(Project Lab & Living Roof)

------> Celebrate World Astronomy day with the experts at San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Learn about the latest in Space Science, then head up to the Living Roof (once it gets dark) to see the stars up close for yourself!

DJ set by MANITOUS 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 – 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 us on a guided tour of the space weather

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 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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