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

Music by DJ Jamie Jams

Show your love for the tentacled, the slimy, and the lumpy at this NightLife dedicated to all the curious creatures sometimes overlooked for the fuzzy and cuddly.

-----> Visit the West Garden to meet animal guests from Classroom Safari’s menagerie—including snakes, spiders, and a rather cuddly—but still very curious—two-toed sloth.

-----> Catch a screening of “Spider Seduction,” part of the Lens of Time series produced by Spine Films for bioGraphic. Learn about the high-speed cameras and laser-listening devices used to crack these complex seduction codes with UC Berkeley evolutionary biologist Damian Elias and Spine Films producers.

-----> Meet the biologists who raise and care for our translucent and highly-photogenic moon jellies during a very special Steinhart Aquarium talk.

-----> Examine squid specimens with science writer Danna Staaf, author of Squid Empire, one of Science Friday’s best science books of 2017.

-----> Check out rodent skulls and learn about the ever-growing incisors of the order Rodentia with Zachary Calamari, PhD of Orofacial Sciences at UCSF. And finally, talk to Point Blue Conservation Science and learn why every creature, curious and cute, is critical for healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet.



  • 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 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.



  • 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 – 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.


Planetarium Shows

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

6:30 pm

Where will we be likely to find life, how soon will it happen, and what will that discovery actually look like?

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Upcoming NightLife Events

March 1st at 6:00 pm

Calling all lovers of succulents, giant ferns, and everything in-between for an evening of gardening how-to's.

March 8th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the tentacled, slimy, and lumpy with a night dedicated to curious creatures. Plus, meet a sloth!

March 15th at 6:00 pm

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

March 22nd at 6:00 pm

Get your dose of mechanical mayhem as NightLife hosts a salute to all things robotic.