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  • nightlife attendees viewing jellyfish
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  • nightlife attendees talking and laughing

NightLife is 6-10 pm every Thursday 
21+ with ID
Prices vary; planetarium passes $5

For guaranteed availability, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Last rainforest entry 7:30 pm. Vaccination and indoor masking encouraged but not required.

Heads up! There will be no NightLife events on December 15, 22, 29, and January 5. 

Calling all creatures of the night: reserve your NightLife tickets in advance and see what’s revealed once the sun goes down. Reconnect with favorite faces (we’re looking at you, Claude!) while exploring new and familiar spaces. With nearly 40,000 live animals, two new exhibits, the iconic Shake House and four-story Rainforest, and outdoor dining beneath the stars the night is sure to be wild. For adults 21+.

Can’t attend in person? NightSchool is still in session! Join us virtually via YouTube or Facebook for an eclectic mix of science and culture. Streaming live monthly (and available as recordings afterwards) on the Academy’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Ticketed museum events

December 8th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

January 12th at 6:00 pm

Get your move on for a night that’s all about our devotion to motion.

January 19th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

January 26th at 6:00 pm

Mahjong parlor. Tattoo pop-up. Local eats. We’ve got everything you need to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Free virtual events

Seated figure with papier-mache dinosaur head in front of green background; Photo: Rachel Garber Cole
December 15th at 7:00 pm

Reflect on a changing world with performers and poets whose work sits at the intersection of art and science.

Triple your impact—deadline extended

Make your Giving Tuesday gift by December 2 and it’ll be tripled by a generous donor.

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