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

Put a scientific spin on St. Patrick's Day inside of the greenest museum on the planet!


Fancy a green-hued libation? Sip on green beer, Irish coffee, and Irish whiskey at bars around the museum.

Lucky Crafts
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
Try your luck making lucky charm crafts using recycled resources with SCRAP SF.

Delicious Demo
(African Hall)
8:00 pm, 
Head to African Hall to see a live demo on how the pro's from Bel Campo Meat Co. make everyone's favorite St. Patrick's day dish - Corned Beef and cabbage.

Green Ideas
(Project Lab)
​6:00 - 10:00pm
, Learn about the future of biotech from Amyris and Novozymes, local companies who are developing sustainable products and bio-enzymes using breakthrough science to address some of our planet’s most daunting problems.

More green, you say? Check out some marine producers and animals of the green variety via the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab and some extremely Irish looking greenery from UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley.

Irish Pub
(The Terrace)
6:00-9:30 pm, Hungry for some Shepard's Pie? Take a stroll to The Terrace for more St. Patrick's Day bites & brews! And if fish n' chips is more your speed, swing by the Academy Cafe for a meal.

Music in the Piazza by DJ Chango.

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 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! All bars accept cash and credit cards.

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

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

Please note: Planetarium seating is limited​. Admission is available to NightLife ​guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.

Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

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Upcoming NightLife Events

September 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the green museum.

October 5th at 6:00 pm

It’s that time of year—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.

October 12th at 6:00 pm

The NightLife LIVE season comes to a close with a dreamy, fuzzed out performance from DIIV and Black Marble.

October 19th at 6:00 pm

Explore the mysteries beyond our solar system with a night dedicated to the search for extraterrestrials.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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