Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

From bioluminescence to the electric grid, feel the buzz as NightLife celebrates all things illuminated.


Alta Electric Motorcycles
​(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Learn about the new fleet of electric vehicles taking to the streets. Check out Alta Motors, a local startup making waves with their all-electric motocross motorcycles.

Pedal Power
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Light up the night with Rock the Bike’s pedal-powered LED sculpture while grooving to a set by DJ LuizaSá-Davis.

Make Your Own LED
6:00 - 9:30pm 

------> Learn how to make your very own battery-powered LED “throwies”—colorful glowing lights to add some mini-cheer anywhere. Then, take your LED to make a jellyfish lantern with Julia Jane Moore Crafts.

SpaceWays Installation
(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00pm
 Head to the West Garden to explore Spaceways, an immersive art installation using fiber optic lights, by Mexico City’s multimedia collective Quarso.

Electric Knowledge
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm
 Turn your attention to the power all around you by learning about the wiring of the web with Sonic Internet, Check out the magic behind BioPop's bioluminescent Dino-Sphere's and learn about Global Footprint Network's data-driven work helping to shape a sustainable future. ​



  • 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.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6 – 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

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

6:30 pm

Find out what's the latest on Planet Earth as we take you on an adventure around the globe!

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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!