Robot NL

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

Get your dose of mechanical mayhem as NightLife hosts an annual salute to all things robotic.


6:00-10:00 pm,
Prepare to be to be thoroughly impressed with Bistrobot—a sandwich making robot! PB&J, anyone? Yum!

Mechanized Museum
(African Hall)
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
Roll through African Hall to catch cutting edge Robotic demos from the following:

The Robot Ring
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
  Root for your favorite machine during a bot-tastic showdown with Bot Bash and check out the robotic creations Otherlab is powering up.  

(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
 Ever wonder how Academy scientists study teeny, tiny insects and organisms with incredible clarity? See robo-imaging technology GIGAMacro in action.

Then, meet your favorite droid with Bay Area R2 Builders!

Digital Dance Party
6:00 - 8:00 pm,
Do your best Robot in the Piazza to the dance worthy stylings of the Make It Funky DJ's.

8:00 - 9:00 pm, Get down with a guest appearance by DJ Mozhgan.

9:00 - 10:00 pm, Digitize with Pixel Memory. 

Music presented by Noise Pop

6:00-10:00 pm, Explore a hackable physical space where robotics and performance collide with Circus Automatic

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.

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

Please note: Planetarium seating is limited . Admission is available to NightLife guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.

Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Join us on a tour of the Solar System from robot-eyes’ view!

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Upcoming NightLife Events

January 26th at 6:00 pm

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February 2nd at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Lunar New Year with lion dancers, masked performers, and more!

February 9th at 6:00 pm

Kick off the 25th annual Noise Pop Festival with live performances, plus sound-inspired science. 

February 16th at 6:00 pm

Hear from local beer and spirit masters as NightLife partners with SF Beer Week for a refreshing event.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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