Camp Fire

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

Play Bear Grylls for a night (or prepare for the apocalypse, zombie or otherwise) and learn how to hone your survival skills from people who actually know how.

------> Instructors from Adventure Out, the Bay Area’s oldest wilderness survival school, will demonstrate essential tips to help you think on your feet while far from civilization. Visit the East Garden to learn how to make your own stone tools and create earthen shelters.

------> Learn from the masters at Twisted Thistle Apothecary about topical medicinal plants you can use to help ease rashes, bites and burns and learn the ones you should avoid.

------> Get the scoop on identifying poisonous mushrooms from Bay Area Mushroom Society and check out the edible ones you can find right here in Northern California.

------> Planning a backpacking adventure this summer? Find out the backpacking tips and essentials from the experts at Outbound Collective.

------> In the planetarium, learn how Academy researchers rough it on expeditions around the world with expedition doctor Matt Lewin, whose pioneering topical approach to treating venomous snakebites may save thousands of lives annually.

------> Get crafty with Julia Jane Moore as she leads a craft using Survival Space Blankets.

------> DJ Daniel T. throws down in the Piazza



  • 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.



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



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

Find out what's the latest on Planet Earth as we take you on an adventure around the globe!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Journey through the San Andreas fault, delve into Earth's core & explore the seismic science of earthquakes.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

July 6th at 6:00 pm

Feeling outdoorsy? Get prepared and learn survival tips from experts before your next camping trip or adventure.

July 13th at 6:00 pm

A NightLife LIVE summer music series—performances by Connan Mockasin + Morgan Delt, Presented by Noise Pop.

July 20th at 6:00 pm

Follow the brewing process from botanical inception to foamy finish, sip and sample at a beer garden, and more!

July 27th at 6:00 pm

Peep the fourth-annual wildlife photography exhibit before it opens and learn the latest in photography!

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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