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NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3
21+ with ID.

Rainforest dome access until 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase. 

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

Music by DJ Saurus (The Prehistoric B-Boy)
Live performance by Awesöme Orchestra

Join us for a party of Jurassic proportions guaranteed to bring out the dinosaur-loving kid in everyone: We’re going back in time to celebrate the opening of Dino Days—and the most popular dinosaur movie of all time.


Dino Nights
East Garden
6p - 10p
Head outside for an encounter with life-size dinosaurs that ruled the Earth millions of years ago while the Awesöme Orchestra provides a soundtrack to your night with performances from your favorite Dinosaur movies.

  • 6:30 -7:00 - “Fossils” from Carnival of the Animals
  • 7:15 - 8:15 - “The Great Migration” from The Land Before Time
  • 8:30 - 9:30 - Highlights from Jurassic Park

Clever Girl
Children's Gallery
6:30p & 7:30p

  • Get up close and grab a selfie with a dinosaur on the loose from the Academy's Public Programs department.

Distant Past
6p - 10p



  • 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 $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window.
  • Since shows do sell out, we recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Planetarium shows start on time! Please arrive 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for dome entry. Late seating is not permitted. 



  • 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

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

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

9:30 pm

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

Upcoming NightLife Events

October 8th at 7:00 pm

Discover why Chile is called "the astronomy capital of the world."

October 15th at 7:00 pm

Explore how living with wildlife has shaped the design of where we live—and how we are shaping wildlife.