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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online. Member discount applied after login.

New year can-do: Let NightLife help you be a better you with a night of how-to, hands-on demos, and workshops. Go home armed with both useful crafts and new skills for “adulting.”

Music by Nina Sol


How-To: Get Your Money Right
African Hall
8:00 PM

  • Get some solid tips and tricks—how to invest, pay down debt, when to splurge—from SoFi's Brian Walsh, CFP®, and go home feeling empowered to make your very own financial plan.
    Disclosure: Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, CFP® (with plaque design), and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

How-To: Brew The Perfect Cup
Science Today
7:30 & 8:30 PM

  • Want to make a good cup of coffee at home but don’t have all the coffee gear? Fear not! The pros from Andytown Coffee Roasters will teach you their “hacks” to making a decent cup of coffee without a scale or a burr grinder.

Swamp Talk
7:30 PM

  • Gather around for a special gator chat led by an Academy presenter where you’ll learn all about Claude (our alligator with albinism), as well as the other inhabitants of our indoor swamp.

Unlocked Art Lab
Gallery, East Pavilion
6 - 10 PM

  • Grab a pencil or a brush for another edition of Unlocked Art Lab, where an assortment of fascinating specimens from the Academy’s scientific collections will provide the artistic inspiration you need.

How-To Showcase
Swamp & Project Lab
6 - 10 PM

  • Museum of Craft and Design teaches you simple, satisfying ways to take out less trash, including making beeswax wraps for all your food-fresh needs.
  • WorkshopSF shows you how to repair your clothing artfully with sashiko mending, a Japanese embroidery technique for strengthening and lengthening the life of your textiles.
  • Learn how to make your own yarn using a drop spindle and raw fibers provided by Little Explorers Petting Zoo.
  • Don’t know what your money’s doing, where it is, or where it’s going? Let So-Fi help make this the year you become financially literate.



  • 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 $5 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

Think you could pass a third grade astronomy test? How about a fifth grade test?

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Travel through space and time to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

9:30 pm

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

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