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

Science and art unite! This week, NightLife partners with the California College of the Arts to explore the many ways design impacts lives, culture, and science.

Schedule of Events

CCA Innovation
(African Hall)
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> Explore innovative ideas in fields from industrial and interaction design to illustration and architecture when African Hall transforms into a gallery full of projects, games, and installations by CCA students. 

  • Compete to be the top chef of the year 2050 in the Future Food Lab
  • Challenge your friends to an interactive puzzle game inspired by Alan Turing.
  • Explore the idea of a cyborg
  • Choose your own Sci-fi adventure
  • Build your ideal city through explorations of urbanism
  • Print your own Penguin memento!

Science with an Eye for Design
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> At the Project Lab, learn about just a few of the ways that design and technology are used in science labs from around the bay area with guests from UCSF, Stanford, and Abate Lab. They’ll show off their work with synthetic receptors, 3D-printed viruses, interspecies communication, and more.

DIY Design
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Get creative with design groups PSY/OPS Type Foundry & Museum of Craft & Design to design your own monogram and create wearable "8-bit" designs out of pearler beads.

Music by DJ Sake One



  • 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 schedule and 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.



  • 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

Hear from Academy Environmental Sustainability Manager Elizabeth Bagley on ways we can save the planet.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

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

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

September 23rd at 6:00 pm

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

September 30th at 6:00 pm

Come together and connect with the Bay’s AAPI community in an evening of music, storytelling, and fashion.

October 7th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.

October 14th at 6:00 pm

Catch a sneak peek of the new BigPicture exhibit, where life is wild and animals inspire us to be more human.

Upcoming free virtual events

October 7th at 7:00 pm

Fire is essential to forest life—hear from experts tending fires and ensuring a more resilient California.