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Jurassic Park Movie Screening
(African Hall, Level 1)

7:30 pm, Catch a screening of the original 1993 classic Jurassic Park (yes, the one that started it all)!
*Space is limited, please arrive early. Admission available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

On arrival, be sure to snap a selfie with the Academy’s resident T. rex cast in the front lobby, then tag #CASNightLife to share with the world.

Dinosaur Fossils and "Bone Wars"
(Project Lab, Level 1)

6:30-9:00 pm, Join superstar Academy librarians Kelly Jensen and Heather Yager to take a trip back in time through specially-curated items from the Academy archives.

View rare books on the historic “Bone Wars” between legendary Victorian fossil-hunter rivals Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, the first to discover dinosaur superstars like Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and Dimetrodon.

Check out live plants from the Jurassic period and samples of dinosaur fossils including bones, teeth, trackway casts, and replicas with UC Berkeley museum of Paleontology and Academy Geology Curatorial Assistant Chrissy Garcia. 

The demise of the dinosaurs by a killer asteroid is a popular theory. Get close up with asteroids in an immersive VR headset experience!

Music by Slayers Club and friends:

Slayers Club:
Joe Mousepad
Professor Bang

Russell Butler (After Dark / Opal Tapes)
Rachel Torro (Morning Gloryville / Public Works)

Food & Drink
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, 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!

This week, enjoy a DJ set in The Terrace by Duserock.

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

Exhibit Times
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-9:30 pm, Marvel at colossal whale skeletons in Whales: Giants of the Deep

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life

Please Be Advised 

  • Planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis.
  • 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 Shows

6:30 pm

Join planetarium presenter Aaron White to learn about rocks in space!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

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

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 1st at 6:00 pm

Explore the cutting-edge and eco-friendly ways that transportation is rapidly evolving. Presented by Cruise.

August 8th at 6:00 pm

The Marías perform at our 2nd installment of NightLife LIVE, in Partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival.

August 15th at 6:00 pm

Tune out of the digital world & join us for an experimental, phone-free night dedicated to life in the analog.

August 22nd at 6:00 pm

Join us and a few of our furry, scaly, and feathered friends for a night all about animal behavior.