Gross NightLife

Members $10, Non-Members $12. 21+ event, ID required for entry.

Prepare to get grossed out at NightLife’s first-ever tribute to all things icky—from the creepy and crawly to the downright disgusting.


Bed Bugs Talk (African Hall)
8:00 pm, Catch an itch-inducing talk about every urbanites worst nightmare—bed bugs—from Infested author Brooke Borel. Learn how her new book chronicles the renaissance of this frightful insect and why scientists continue to marvel at their remarkable biology.

Sewage Science & Microbes (Project Lab)
6:30-9:00 pm, Ever wonder about where your poop goes? Chat with local experts from the SF Public Utilities Commission about the science of sewage—a story that just might surprise you!

Hear about the latest microbial research with UC Berkeley and Angus Chandler. Get up close with different types of microbes found in soil plus, find out what’s living on your cell phone, keyboard, and more!

Let Academy microbiologist Dr. Shannon Bennett explore your eyebrows for invisible mites under a microscope—don’t be ashamed, we all have them.

Learn about the meaty role that flesh-eating beetles play in science with Sue Pemberton and watch as they scour flesh off of animal bones before your very eyes.

Edible Bugs & Gak Making (Swamp)
6:00-10:00 pm, Want to take your gross-tolerance to the next level? Sample edible insects, which are also one of the planet’s most sustainable food sources. Then, dissect owl pellets and relive your childhood while making your own take-home gak gel.
*while supplies last

Music by DJ Will and Ghosts on Tape.

Food & Drink
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30pm, 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!

Plus, swing by The Terrace from 6-9pm for a special wine tasting hosted by Brassfield Winery!

Note: 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.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

What are the real chances of an outbreak coming from outer 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 ticketed museum events

May 19th at 6:00 pm

Dig into the mysterious side of the plant kingdom and uncover the secrets behind the world’s strangest flora.

May 26th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. Plus, catch a sneak peek of new exhibits, Bugs and Hidden Wonders.

June 2nd at 6:00 pm

Crawl over to NightLife and meet the stars of our newest exhibit: Bugs.

June 9th at 6:00 pm

Will you go to prom with us? Bust out your best prom fit for a night of dancing, live music, and more.

June 16th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

May 19th at 7:00 pm

Venture into mangrove forests to learn how they transform salty swamps into thriving habitats.

June 2nd at 7:00 pm

Get a closer look at the cutting-edge coral reef research being done at the Academy & across the world.