• Fanciful illustration of NightLife guests and Academy animals by artist Lydia Ortiz
    Illustration by Lydia Ortiz
  • Trex
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • coral reef
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Rainforest
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Hot Flash Heat Wave
    Photo By John Hartsfield
  • Amazon exhibit
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Project Lab
    Photo by Jason Mongue
  • live painting
    Photo by Jason Mongue
  • See science differently at NightLife, every Thursday at the Academy from 6-10 pm. For adults 21 and up.
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NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3*
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife is your ticket to the nocturnal side of the Academy.

*NightLife planetarium passes are now available online! Passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows, allowing more guests to reserve their preferred showtimes in advance. Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we recommend buying in advance. The 6:30 pm live show is always free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming Events

February 21st at 6:00 pm

Kick off the Year of the Pig with lion dancers, masked performers, and—you guessed it—pigs!

February 28th at 6:00 pm

Set sail for a journey to the Galápagos Islands and learn about the place that inspired Darwin, NightLife-style.

March 7th at 6:00 pm

It’s a matter of NightLife and death when we team up with the Reimagine Festival to examine the big questions.

March 14th at 6:00 pm

An electric night awaits as NightLife digs into A.I and the ways in which it’s transforming our world.

March 21st at 6:00 pm

We’re going back in time with our Dino Days festival—and the most popular dinosaur movie of all time.

March 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates National Women’s History Month with a spotlight on women in science from around the Bay.

Food & Drink NightLife

Food & Drink

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 pm, including the Academy Café, The Terrace (located in the West Garden), and convenient food cart in the front lobby.

Enjoy a new seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar, designed by resident mixologist Shane McKnight. Plus, enjoy a weekly menu of beer, wine, and spirits.

Join The Hive

Join The Hive

Interested in a NightLife season pass? Join the Hive—the Academy's exclusive membership for ages 21–40. Perks include a ticket to Party After Dark, and more!

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