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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

Grab your high-waisted mom jeans and your flannel and get yourself to ‘90s NightLife for a celebration of iconic pop culture.

DJ Set by The Bedazzlers

Live Talks: '90s in Space
African Hall

  • At 7:30 PM, Catch a live talk from Jill Tarter, the Chair Emeritus of SETI and inspiration for the character Dr. Eleanor Arroway in the 1997 film Contact.

  • At 8:30 PM, Take a closer look at some of your favorite your favorite '90s movies about the red planet with Dr. Pascal Lee, co-founder and chairman of the Mars Insitute.

Awesome Orchestra
East Garden
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Step into the garden for an epic medley of '90s movie soundtracks (think Forrest Gump, Hook, and yes, Sonic the Hedgehog) by the Awesöme Orchestra Collective.

Classic Arcade
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Forgot your quarters? Don't have a cow, man. '90s Arcade Games (including The Simpsons) will be set on free play all night.

'90s Showcase
Project Lab
6 PM - 10 PM

  • Chat with Bay Area experts as they highlight or debunk the science in some of the decade’s biggest movies, from Jurassic Park to Gattaca.



  • Last entry for the 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 craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe 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

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

Journey through our universe, guided by Tom Hanks.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 1st at 7:00 pm

Sharktoberfest celebrates two annual events dear to our hearts: the return of white sharks and a salute to beer.