moon walk

NightLife goes to the Moon and back, exploring the origins of space travel and the art it inspires.

Prepare for a night of visual and aural explorations as MUTEK.SF, a city-wide festival celebrating innovative electronic art and music, presents immersive fulldome shows in the planetarium and live performances and DJ sets throughout the museum. 


Digi Lab: Live Talks
African Hall

  • At 7:00 PM, “Envisioning Art in Space” with SMITH and Loft Orbital
  • At 8:00 PM, “Space as Muse: Looking into the Cosmos for Inspiration” with Heather D’Angelo (Au Revoir Simone), Craig Dorety, and Eva Schlegel
  • At 9:00 PM, Brad Bailey (NASA) on Community Development at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

MUTEK Music Showcase I

MUTEK Music Showcase II
Coral Reef

Lunar Illuminations
Project Lab
6:00 - 10:00 PM



  • 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 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, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

MUTEK San Francisco presents A/Visions 1, featuring a series of mind-bending audiovisual works.

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