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

Music by DJ Hyfi

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife continues its ongoing series exploring the fascinating world of human health and wellness with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum hosted by Yoga Tree and Yoga Works.


Yoga Grooves
7:00pm & 8:00pm 

Get in the flow with a yoga class taught by Nat Kendall while accompanied by a live DJ set curated by DJ Hyfi in the Piazza.

Psychedelic Treatments
(African Hall)

Expand your mind with a cutting edge talk titled MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD by UCSF research psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Stauffer on his work on the use of social psychopharmacology—such as oxytocin and MDMA—as an adjunct to psychotherapy for substance use disorders and PTSD.

Sunset Salutations
(Living Roof, 3rd Floor)

Practice your Vinyasa on our Living Roof (weather permitting) for a round of sunset salutations with a class taught by Chelseah Healey.
*Weather permitting, passes required.

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

Roll out your mat in front of the colorful Philippine Coral Reef with a relaxing class taught by Dana Damara.
*passes required

WithIN Meditation
(Forum Theater, 2nd Floor)
7:30pm & 8:30pm

Clear your mind with a meditation session led by WITHIN.

The Body/Mind Balance
(Science Today)
8:00 - 8:45pm

Learn more about the Body/Mind Balance with informative lightening talks from Yoga Tree Instructors.

  • 8:00pm - Martin Scott
  • 8:15pm - Gabbriella Yates
  • 8:30pm - Sonya Genel

Memory and Mentality
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

Discover some of the tricks and techniques used by members of the San Francisco Bay Memory Club to train their brains.

Then, meet researchers from UCSF who are studying the brain, including members of the Poskanzer Lab, which studies an important type of brain cell called astrocytes, and the Prusiner Lab at the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Feed your body wisely with holistic nutrition tips and samples from Health-Ade between sessions. 

Academy Member Meditation
(Living Roof, 3rd Floor)

Join meditation experts WithIN Meditation on the Living Roof to expand your mind and breath and learn about the benefits with a privately led members only session.
*Available for Academy Members Only. Weather permitting.

Please note:

  • Yoga class capacity is limited in each location and entry is not guaranteed.
  • Aquarium classes and Roof top class require passes which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:30 pm on the front concourse.
  • Please bring your own yoga mat.

Brain & Body Series dates:

  • September 20th
  • November 1st




  • 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

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

Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs

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Upcoming NightLife Events

July 5th at 6:00 pm

Get some inspiration for your summer grilling and sink your teeth into a night of international smoky flavors.

July 12th at 6:00 pm

A NightLife LIVE Summer 2018 music series—performances by Com Truise + The Seshen, Presented by Noise Pop.

July 19th at 6:00 pm

Every beer tells a story— this week, NightLife follows the brewing process from botanical start to fizzy finish

July 26th at 6:00 pm

Peep the fifth-annual wildlife photography exhibit before it opens and learn the latest in photography!