Flying Flock

Member Tickets: $12;
Non-Member Tickets: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

It’s time to fly south with NightLife as we explore the patterns of migration in the natural world, from birds and butterflies to whales and humans.

DJ set by La Pelanga DJs


Vast Journeys
African Hall

  • At 7 pm, Catch a live talk from artist Jane Kim of Ink Dwell presenting her inspiring Migrating Mural project, which spans 120-miles along Highway 395 in California.

  • At 8 pm, Join Cotton Rockwood of the Point Blue Conservation Center to learn about migrations large and small, from whales to birds.

  • At 9 pm, Hear from Professor Irene Bloemraad, Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative & Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley as she discusses the movement of humans throughout history.

Marine Odyssey
Science Today
7:30 pm

Join us for a live talk from Adam Ratner of the Marine Mammal Center to learn about the incredible journeys of our taxonomic classmates across the oceans of the world.

Greener Pastures
Project Lab
6p - 10p

  • Experience the “Batnado” in virtual reality with the Frick Lab from UCSC
  • Learn about how the Xerces Society monitors Monarch butterfly counts in California
  • Get an up-close look at Daphnia with researchers from Stanford University
  • Chat with experts from the Marine Mammal Center



  • 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.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



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

Explore the skies of the current season over San Francisco, from sunset to sunrise the next morning.

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August 29th at 6:00 pm

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September 5th at 6:00 pm

NightLife breaks down the science of fermentation, from cider to kimchi and everything in-between.

September 12th at 6:00 pm

Duckwrth performs at our 3rd installment of NightLife LIVE, co-presented by Noise Pop.

October 10th at 6:00 pm

Nick Hakim performs at our final installment of NightLife LIVE 2019, co-presented by Noise Pop.