Women in Science

Members $12
Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Music by DJ Cosmic Amanda and Small Crimes (BFF.fm)

------> NightLife celebrates National Women’s History Month with a spotlight on women in science from the Academy and other Bay Area institutions—whether you’re an aspiring scientist or you just love NightLife, there’s plenty to discover.

------> Learn about the pioneering achievements and adventures of some of the Academy’s first female collections managers and curators with Rebekah Kim, Academy librarian.

------> Throughout the night you’ll get a crash course in a dozen scientific fields, from mammalogy to coral reefs and infectious diseases to forests, with pop-up lightning talks and a panel discussion presented by 500 Women Scientists.

------> Learn about the efforts to save Ethiopian forests with Dr. Meg Lowman, the Academy’s Lindsay Chair of Botany and Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation, and the ecology of infectious diseases with Stanford grad students.

------> Examine Guadalupe fur seal skulls from the Academy’s Ornithology and Mammalogy collection and ask curatorial assistant Sue Pemberton about the story behind them.

------> Peek at fossils, crinoids, and camouflaged nudibranchs, and learn about the recent sea star epidemic, the evolution of HIV drug resistance, and what it takes to study ants in the field.

------> Get inspired by fascinating animals from our scientific collections during a watercolor workshop with Tiffany Bozic, an artist whose colorful work depicts surreal nature-inspired scenes.




  • 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.
  • Programming lineup subject to change.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6 – 9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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.



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