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Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science in the greenest museum on the planet.

Music by DJ Nina Tarr

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Spotlight on Science
Project Lab
6 - 10pm
Get acquainted with a handful of the researchers behind the Academy’s work around the world and check out specimens from our over 100 year-old collections.

Coral Reef Dive
Philippine Coral Reef
7:30pm​​​​​​​
Catch an after hours dive show from the underwater biology team and learn more about all it takes to keep the world's deepest coral reef tank flourishing.

Ice Skating
East Garden
6 - 10pm​​​​​​​
Head outside for a little winter, Bay Area-style, by taking a lap around our festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink, donned with extra disco sparkle just for NightLife.

Please note: tickets for the Holiday Ice Rink are $10 per person (including skate rental) and are not included in general NightLife admission.

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • 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.

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FOOD & DRINK

  • 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.

 

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Our Planetarium Presenter will take you on a tour through space and time to explore what we learned from Cassini

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

March 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates National Women’s History Month with a spotlight on women in science from around the Bay.

April 4th at 6:00 pm

Unlock the mysteries of terroir with a night of sipping, smelling, and exploring the science of coffee and wine.

April 11th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of neuroscience + human health.