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NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3 (more info below)
21+ with ID

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

Music by Deejay Sean G

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

CCA Innovations
African Hall
6p - 10p

Smart Machines
East Pavilion (Science Today)
6:30p

  • Grab a seat to hear a live talk from Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence expert Dinkar Jain.

Bot Bash
East Pavilion (Children's Gallery)
6p - 10p

  • Join the Bot Bash crew for a civilian-safe, remote-controlled bot tournament.

Employed Droids
Project Lab
6p - 10p

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • 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!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • 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.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Join our Senior Planetarium Presenter, Mary, to see the lineup of spacecrafts that could launch us beyond Earth.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover our place in the cosmos in the new planetarium show Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks.

9:30 pm

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

Upcoming NightLife Events

July 25th at 6:00 pm

Be the first to see the Academy’s sixth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition exhibit.

August 1st at 6:00 pm

Explore the cutting-edge and eco-friendly ways that transportation is rapidly evolving. Presented by Cruise.

August 8th at 6:00 pm

The Marías perform at our 2nd installment of NightLife LIVE, in Partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival.

August 15th at 6:00 pm

Tune out of the digital world and join us for an experimental night dedicated to life in the analog.