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

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

Kick off the Year of the Pig with lion dancers, masked performers, and—you guessed it—pigs!

Music by DJ BAD DJ


Pig Pen
East Garden
7p - 9p
Meet this year’s lunar animal ambassador when Little Explorers brings adorable pigs of all sizes for you to meet-and-greet. Plus, meet Lilou, San Francisco International Airport’s first-ever therapy pig.

Lion Dance
7:30p & 8:30p
Check out a powerful lion dance performance and ceremony by SF’s own Jing Mo Athletic Association, a Chinatown-based martial arts performance troupe. Examine a lion dance costume up-close—and take a photo with it.

Chinese Traditions
Project Lab
6p - 10p

  • Chat about the history and contributions of Chinese-Americans with in-the-know historians from the Chinese Historical Society of America.
  • Dig deep into the cultural meaning of emoji, stickers, memes, and the symbolic significance of pigs in Chinese social media with researchers from UC Berkeley Anthropology.
  • Learn about the significance of tea and tea ceremonies with Fabula Tea, and try your hand at traditional Chinese calligraphy.



  • 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 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 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

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

Discover our place in the cosmos in the new planetarium show Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks.

9:30 pm

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

Upcoming NightLife Events

December 5th at 6:00 pm

Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment and a live performance by Monster Rally!

December 12th at 6:00 pm

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

January 9th at 6:00 pm

Step away from the baby bellas and learn how to unleash fungi’s true potential!

January 16th at 6:00 pm

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