SF Coast

Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

Co-presented by Save the Redwoods League

Music by DJ Tanoa

Celebrate the incomparable California coast and discover the giant forces that make the golden state like nowhere else in the world. Get an early look at our newest exhibit, Giants of Land and Sea, where you can step inside an immersive #FogRoom and welcome the return of the remodeled earthquake simulator.

-----> We’re bringing you a night of coastal wonder: Peek behind-the-scenes of the new exhibit with a presentation from Scott Moran, the Academy’s Senior Director of Exhibits, and Emily Burns, Director of Science at Save the Redwoods League, and learn where to experience first-hand the giants featured in the exhibit.

-----> Learn more about some of the Golden State’s native flora and fauna: enjoy one of Classroom Safari’s always-popular live animal programs in the garden—this time featuring an array of California turtles, snakes, and lizards, plus baby opossums!

-----> Get help with your future plant IDs with Sutro Stewards and create California-inspired linoleum block prints, all while grooving to a vintage California surf-themed set by DJ Tanoa.



  • 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.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace Bar and Restaurant, 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.



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Upcoming NightLife Events

June 7th at 6:00 pm

Listen up as NightLife explores the science of rhythm—from the natural world to the world of electronic music.

June 14th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the California coast and discover the giant forces that make the golden state so special.

June 21st at 6:00 pm

Come celebrate love, equality, self-expression and San Francisco Pride at NightLife's annual Pride Party!

June 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with after-hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.