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

‘Tis the season to stuff those stockings, shop locally, and enjoy the festivities! This week, NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.
 

  • Find a little something for every person on your list at this one-stop holiday shop featuring a crafty selection of handmade jewelry, original artwork, ceramics and pottery, apothecary products, stationery, and more.
     
  • Stop by the Project Lab to check out the work of Academy scientific illustrators Sean Edgerton and Rachel Diaz-Bastin.

 

 

  • Skating tunes will be provided by the disco-loving MOM DJs, while a bar serving spiked hot beverages will be provided to vanquish any chills.

 

  • After the rink (and a drink), head to solid ground and join the Bay Area’s epic Hella Gay Dance Party in the Philippine Coral Reef.

Ice skating sessions are 45-minutes long, include skate rental, and begin at 7, 8, and 9 pm. Add one to your NightLife ticket for $12 ($10 members). Ice rink tickets can be purchased in advance here or on-site.

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:00 pm. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.

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FOOD & DRINK

  • 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! And if craft cocktails aren't your thing, check out our craft beer offerings from Anchor Brewing Co.

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

December 7th at 6:00 pm

Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

December 14th at 6:00 pm

’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.

January 11th at 6:00 pm

Put down the button mushrooms and discover fungi’s true potential!

January 18th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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