Members $12, Non-Members $15.

21+ event, ID required for entry.

Get straight up spacey this week as NightLife celebrates cosmo-pioneer Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space.

Groove to an out-of-this-world live DJ set by Space Cowboys, a sonically-inspired SF collective and Burning Man favorite. Try a taste of space with Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Ground Control beer, made with brewer’s yeast that’s been to outer space (and back).

Learn about the future of space exploration as Wonderfest presents several pioneering scientists in the field. Yonatan Winetraub, cofounder of Space IL, will talk about his nonprofit organization’s goals to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

Still have dreams of going to Mars? Planetary scientists Dr. Pascal Lee from the SETI Institute and Dr. Christopher P. McKay from the NASA Ames Research Center will give an update about the possibilities of human exploration.

At the Project Lab, learn more about the NASA Kepler Mission, designed to survey the Milky Way and discover new habitable planets. The mission’s Jean-Pierre Harrison will also share stories about his wife, Dr. Kalpana Chawla, one of the astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, and bring some of her photos, medals, and flight gear. Plus, chat with astro-aficionados from Sonoma County’s Robert Ferguson Observatory.

In the planetarium, explore the history of human spaceflight with two special presentations at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, followed by a dive into our new era of lunar exploration with “Back to the Moon for Good,” narrated by Tim Allen.



  • 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 Bar and Restaurant, 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, 7:30 pm

Explore the odyssey of human spaceflight

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

April 6th at 6:00 pm

Show us yours and we’ll show you ours—collections that is! This week, NightLife salutes the art of collecting.

April 13th at 6:00 pm

Get straight up spacey this week as NightLife celebrates cosmo-pioneer Yuri Gagarin. Music by Space Cowboys.

April 20th at 6:00 pm

Get your late night science fix with a celebration of the best of the Academy.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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