Join NightLife for an on-going event series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum.
All workshops presented by Yoga Tree and YogaWorks


Mind-Expanding Talk
(African Hall)

  • 8:30 pm, See a fascinating presentation by Dr. Helen Weng of UCSF, who uses MRIs and machine learning to study the brain during meditation.

Sunset Salutations
(Living Roof)

Do some Sun(set) Salutations in a very special class taught by Robin Duryea. 
*Weather Permitting

  • Please note:
    • Passes are required and available on a first come first serve basis as you enter the museum.
    • Capacity is limited and Entry is not guaranteed.
    • BYOYM - Bring Your Own Yoga Mat.

Underwater Yoga
(Coral Reef)
6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm

Inhale/Exhale with three separate classes the Philippine Coral Reef led by Martin Scott.

  • Please note:
    • Passes are required and available on a first come first serve basis as you enter the museum.
    • Capacity is limited and Entry is not guaranteed.
    • BYOYM - Bring your own Yoga Mat.

Yoga + Live DJ Set
6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 pm

Downward Dog to a live DJ set by DJ HyFi. Class taught by Rebecca Rogers.
*No passes required. Capacity is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Cutting-Edge Health Science
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00 pm

​Learn about neurological peripheral pain syndromes (like phantom limbs) with neuroscientist and long-time yoga practitioner Jason Bant of Stanford.

Feed your body wisely with holistic nutrition tips from Bauman College, Health Ade Kombucha, and Numi Tea between yoga sessions.

  • Please note:
    • Yoga class capacity is limited in each location and entry is not guaranteed.
    • Living Roof and Coral Reef yoga sessions require passes which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm outside on the front building concourse.

Upcoming Brain & Body NightLife 2017 events:

  • November 9th



  • The Academy's Osher Rainforest will be closed for updates beginning September 5th and re-opening for NightLife on 10/12 with a brand new, immersive cave experience and many more exciting updates.



  • 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.



  • 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

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

Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy!

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Upcoming events

October 5th at 6:00 pm

See what happens when art and nature collide at this NightLife honoring 10 years of BigPicture.

October 12th at 6:00 pm

We’re closing out NightLife LIVE with grungy-synth sounds from Tanukichan & our soulful opener Lalin St. Juste.

October 19th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

October 26th at 6:00 pm

One, two, NightLife’s comin’ for you. This Halloween, don’t sleep on NightLife.

November 2nd at 6:00 pm

Once a year the living & dead reunite. Join us in honoring departed souls in celebration of Día de los Muertos.

November 9th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.

Upcoming free virtual events

October 19th at 7:00 pm

Spooky season is almost upon us, & we're demystifying death — at least a little bit, anyway.