Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

Tonight we pay tribute to Ray “Bones” Bandar, long-time friend of the Academy and legendary collector, with close-up views into his world-renowned bone collection.


During his lifetime, he collected over 7,000 specimens—most of them skulls—which will now join the Academy’s scientific collections. Make no bones about it, Ray designed some of NightLife’s most memorable and personalized displays.

Hall of Bones
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

As a nod to his exhibiting prowess, we’re creating a pop-up “Hall of Bones” showing off dozens of his most bizarre and interesting specimens. Plus, explore the myriad of ways that humans used bone across cultures and history with Stanford Archeology.

Bones and Beyond
6:00 - 10:00pm

Create your own skull with Green Art Workshop or turn yourself into a skeleton with assistance from a face painter. Then seen what can be brewed from bones when you stop by the Broth Baby booth. Plus, get skull inspired screen prints from San Franpsycho, who will be live screen printing on-site.
*Bring your own item to screen print for $10 or purchase a shirt and get it printed for $25.

Unlocked Art Lab
(East Pavilion, Children's Gallery)
6:00 - 10:
Get up close and personal with some fascinating skull specimens from the scientific collections during Unlocked Art Lab, an illustration workshop with artist Tiffany Bozic.

Ray "Bones" Bandar Documentary Shorts
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

Learn more about the man behind the bones with inspired short documentaries and videos that will be on view throughout the evening.

Tonight's music by DJ Omar Perez.



  • 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.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • Earthquake exhibit is closed in preparation for an all new exhibit.

*Please note—the Shake House will return in June with an all new look and feel!



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

Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs

6:30 pm

Dig deeper into the fun side of fossils with Planetarium Presenter Ethan Scardina.

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