Explore the museum at night
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NightLife: IRL
Thursday, August 11, 6-10 pm
21+ with ID
Prices vary; planetarium passes $5

For guaranteed availability, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Last rainforest entry is 7:30 pm. Proof of full vaccination OR negative test within 48 hours required; boosters and indoor masking strongly encouraged but not required. Learn more.

Get ready to drop out of the digital world as NightLife goes phone-free*.

*Please note: NightLife will ask every guest to temporarily unplug and place their phone in a small Yondr pouch during this event. Guests will maintain possession of their phone at all times and there will be several “unlock” stations set up around the museum for easy phone access.

Sounds by DJ ‘66 & DJ Zeke spinning only vintage Jamaican vinyl

Featured Cocktails:

  • Liquid Sunshine – Vodka and Light Rum Infused Oranges, Orange Juice
  • Street Lights on Cosmo – Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Triple Sec, Simple Syrup

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sounds of the Sea
Philippine Coral Reef
8:30 - 9:30 PM

  • Experience a concert without the pressure of posting, featuring a string duo from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music performing live in front of the iconic Philippine Coral Reef.

Family Game Night
Curiosity Grove
6 - 10 PM

  • Pull up a chair with San Francisco’s own The Game Parlour and play a variety of tabletop games including Codenames, Bananagrams, Jenga, Battleship, and other familiar favorites.

Friends on Film
Swamp
6 - 10 PM

  • “No phones” ≠ “no pics”. Make some magnetic memories with a roaming, human photo booth from the Museum of Craft and Design, where you can snap a photo and pop it into your own customizable magnetic frame.

Free Play
Piazza
6 - 10 PM

  • Check out a selection of rare and themed pinball machines from Pacific Pinball Museum. Pick your favorite and enjoy this vintage pastime from yesteryear for an IRL #ThrowbackThursday.

*Please note: NightLife will ask every guest to temporarily unplug by placing their phone in a small Yondr pouch during this event. Guests will maintain possession of their phone at all times and there will be several “unlock” stations set up around the museum for easy phone access.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • To help keep staff and guests safe, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative test result from within 48 hours of the event is required for entry, and boosters and indoor masking are strongly encouraged. 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. Photo ID required.
     
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.

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