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.


Curious Creature Menagerie
(East Garden)
Shows at 7pm & 8pm

-----> Visit the East Garden to meet animal guests from Classroom Safari’s menagerie—including a Burmese python, lynx, ringtail lemur, tarantulas, and much more. Plus, say hello to the very curious Willow and Chewy—an adult and baby two-toed sloth.

Curious Creature Lectures
(African Hall)

-----> 7:30pm: Examine squid specimens with science writer Danna Staaf, author of Squid Empire, one of Science Friday’s best science books of 2017.

-----> 8:30pm: 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.

Moon Jelly Discoveries
(Moon Jelly Tank; Coral Reef)

-----> 7:00pm: Meet the biologists who raise and care for our translucent and highly-photogenic moon jellies during a very special Steinhart Aquarium talk.

Curiosities Unleashed
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm
 Check out rodent skulls and learn about the ever-growing incisors of the order Rodentia with Zachary Calamari, PhD & Pauline Marangoni, PhD of UCSF's Klein Lab, Program in Craniofacial Biology, talk to Point Blue Conservation Science to learn why every creature, curious and cute, is critical for healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet and stop by Ant Lab to find out more about the oddest insects around.

Curious Creature Illustrations 
6:00 - 10:00pm
Bay Area (and NightLife) illustrator Nigel Sussman returns to take live drawing requests of your favorite lively creatures.



  • 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

February 28th at 6:00 pm

Set sail for a journey to the Galápagos Islands and learn about the place that inspired Darwin, NightLife-style.

March 7th at 6:00 pm

It’s a matter of NightLife and death when we team up with the Reimagine Festival to examine the big questions.

March 14th at 6:00 pm

An electric night awaits as NightLife digs into A.I and the ways in which it’s transforming our world.

March 21st at 6:00 pm

We’re going back in time with our Dino Days festival—and the most popular dinosaur movie of all time.