Jurassic NightLife

Go big or go home. Get ready for a NightLife of Jurassic proportions celebrating our newest exhibit, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. Be one of the first to experience this mega-sized exhibit and meet the largest land animals that ever lived: long-necked and long-tailed sauropods (some of which grew to be longer than 150 feet! That’s some big dino energy). Plus, learn about paleoart, play dinosaur trivia, listen to dino-mite live music, and more.

Sounds by DJ Saurus

Check out DJ Saurus' exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page


Dino It All
African Hall

  • At 7:30 PM, From coloration to scales and size, learn how Charles Nye and other paleoartists combine elements from the past with details of the present to bring dinosaurs back to life.
  • At 8:30 PM, Are you a true dino pro? Test your knowledge with trivia—hosted by Garret and Sabrina, the husband and wife team behind the popular weekly dinosaur podcast, I Know Dino.

Cretaceous Concerto
East Garden
6:30 - 9:30 PM

  • Jam out to colossal sounds from Awesöme Orchestra with a live 150+ person performance of the scores from dino-centric film favorites Jurassic Park and The Land Before Time.

Prehistoric Pop-Up
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Let your inner ‘saurus ROAR and craft custom Jurassic wearable accessories with the Museum of Craft and Design. Use faux palm fronds, fossil and bone replicas, pebbles, and more to create a style that’ll never go extinct. 
  • Need more dino knowledge? Visit with the folks at UC Museum of Paleontology to learn more about these fascinating prehistoric creatures.


A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Explore the Earth history of extinctions in this live presentation

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Upcoming events

June 1st at 6:00 pm

What’s the story? Hear firsthand how diverse lived experiences shape our life paths and nurture connections.

June 8th at 6:00 pm

Will you go to prom with us? Dust off your best prom look and shell-ebrate the return of Under the Sea Prom.

June 15th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 60,000 live animals.

June 22nd at 6:00 pm

Kick off SF Pride in style at NightLife! Featuring fierce performances by Oaklash & so much more.

June 29th at 6:00 pm

What's gender got to do with it? More than you think. Hear how scientists defy gender barriers to create change.

July 6th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.