live band

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

Kick off Noise Pop 2016 with sound inspired science and live performances by indie rockers Gardens & Villa and opening act Charlie Hilton (of the band Blouse).

The Vinyl Room
(African Hall)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Take a vinyl safari through crates of vintage records and check out great album and poster art in Amoeba Music's mobile record store. Vintage not your style? Roll through some fresh Bay Area indie record collections with BARF (Bay Area Record Fair).

Spin Art Science Swamp
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Feeling artsy? Try your hand at spin art inspired by records with Julia Jane Moore.

Sounds Science
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 Learn  about the molecular mechanisms of hearing with Shih-Wei from UC Berkeley's Molecular biology department and become immersed in recorded nature sounds from Nature Sound Society.

Get in the Groove
(Coral Reef)
6:00 - 10:00pm, 
Dive under water and get your groove on with a DJ set by Damon Eliza Palermo.

Noise Pop Piazza
8:00pm & 9:00pm,
Catch live performances from opening act, Charlie Hilton (of the band Blouse) performing pop-infused tracks off her new solo debut. At 9:00pm, catch the main act, Gardens & Villa as they serenade science lovers with their SoCal inspired pop.

Music presented by Noise Pop

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, 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.

EXHIBIT TIMES 6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life


  • Planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis.
  • 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 Shows

6:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

January 5th at 6:00 pm

Back by popular demand: NightLife is serving up a host of how-to workshops, demos, and more! 

January 12th at 6:00 pm

Put down the button mushrooms and discover fungi’s true potential!

January 19th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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