future of transportation

Look into the future as we explore the cutting-edge and environmentally-friendly ways that transportation is rapidly evolving.

Music by DJ Tanoa


Rainforest Exhibit
6:00 - 7:45 PM
Come early to check out all the creatures in our Rainforest before butterfly bedtime.

Experience: Cruise
East Garden
6:00 - 9:45 PM
Meet the Cruise team and their all-electric, self-driving cars and learn about the ways they’re aiming to help California meet its climate goals.

Experience: Boosted Boards
West Garden
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Hop on some of the coolest boards and scooters from Boosted Boards and see what role they're playing in the future of Bay Area transportation.

Future of Transportation Showcase
Project Lab & Swamp
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Imagine the future of San Francisco’s urban landscape with civic planning organization SPUR and learn about some of the Bay Area’s numerous startups focusing on electric vehicles—from scooters to buses—and their role in shaping the city.

Tonight's event is generously supported by Cruise.



  • Last entry for the 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 craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 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

6:30 pm

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

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

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

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming events

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night! Explore the Academy's nocturnal side. Sounds by: DJ Mark Maiden.

June 6th at 6:00 pm

We’re bringing the spice at our hottest event of the year. Hear from spicy savants, sample fiery foods, & more.

June 13th at 6:00 pm

Honor Black contributions to global dance with a special Juneteenth edition of the Make History dance battle.

June 20th at 6:00 pm

Inked is back at NightLife! Explore the wonders of ink from cephalopods to live tattoos–yes, the real kind!

June 27th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a night dedicated to community, activism & joy. Featuring drag by Oaklash.