Members $12
Non-Members $15
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Be the first to peep the Academy’s fourth annual BigPicture wildlife photography exhibit and raise a glass to the best in nature and conservation photography.


BigPicture Exhibit Opening
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> See the captivating work of world-class photographers and discover how they document some of the most fascinating moments of life on Earth in an effort to share important conservation stories with the world.

BigPicture Awards & Photographer Talk
(African Hall)
8:00pm & 9:00pm

-----> 8:00pm, Join us for the fourth-annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition Awards, hosted by neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas and wildlife photographer and BigPicture Jury Chair Suzi Eszterhas. Marvel at the captivating images that took home this year's top honors, and learn about the science behind how and why powerful images capture our eye—and our minds.

-----> 9:00pm, hear from nature documentarian and director of PBS's Rare, Chun-Wei as he gives an inside look into wild life photographer, Joel Satore's Photo Ark Project.

Close-Up Cameras
(Project Lab & Swamp)
6:00 - 10:00pm

----->Learn how aerial drone photography provides new views of our planet and can help with tracking wildlife with the Tesla Foundation and get your photo taken by a drone photo booth.

-----> See closer-than-ever views of scientific specimens with GIGAmacro’s extreme resolution photography equipment.

-----> Check out the new photo app and device, Prynt, that prints and animates your photos straight from your phone.

Eclipse Mega Movie Project
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm, Talk at 7:30pm

-----> Learn about the mission to capture the upcoming Eclipse by crowd sourced photos and learn how you can become a part of it!

Adult Chemistry: Biodiversity in Wine
(The Terrace)
6:00 - 9:30pm

----->  Join us in The Terrace for a tasting with Cline Cellars in Sonoma. Meet owner, Hillary Cline, who will discuss her family's Green String farming method - a system that promotes and enhances biodiversity. Tasting flight of 4 for $18

SpaceWays Art Installation by Quarso
(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> Head to the West Garden to experience the Spaceways Art Installation which centers you between four reflective monoliths and transports you to the stars.

DJ Set by New Wave City’s, DJ Shindog in the Piazza.



  • 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.
  • Programming schedule and lineup subject to change.



  • 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 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Immerse yourself in new artistic creations for the dome from local artists! *Note: includes strobe effects.

6:30 pm

Explore the skies of the season over San Francisco, from sunset to sunrise the next morning.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

May 3rd at 6:00 pm

Explore the future of art and technology with programming by MUTEK.SF.

May 17th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

May 24th at 6:00 pm

Tonight, NightLife pays tribute to Ray "Bones" Bandar with insider views into his world renowned bone collection

May 31st at 6:00 pm

NightLife shines a spotlight on Academy researchers, collections and more!