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

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science and the premiere of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the planetarium created just for NightLife.

------> Featuring new work from artists Bedtimes (with music by Shigeto), Chase Hochstatter, Peter Clark, Tim Digulla, and Can Buyukberber, Vortex 2.0 is an immersive journey to trippy, beautiful, and imaginary science-inspired worlds, plus a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the original Morrison Planetarium Vortex shows.

------> Get a sneak peek at the future of visualizations and VR with on-site demos from NVIDIA, which is helping with several Academy projects, including the upcoming coral reef planetarium show and our nature ID app, iNaturalist.

------> Gain a new appreciation of insects when our staff entomologists show off some of their favorite moths, beetles, and more from the Academy’s vast collection.

-----> Finally, learn all about our popular albino American alligator, Claude, at an evening Swamp Talk.

Music by DJ Magic Touch and Matt McDermott

Tonight's NightLife is generously supported by NVIDIA.



  • 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.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • 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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Upcoming NightLife Events

November 2nd at 6:00 pm

Design and science unite for a special edition of NightLife curated by California College of the Arts.

November 9th at 6:00 pm

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

November 16th at 6:00 pm

Sink your teeth into BiteLife, our annual event celebrating all things edible.

November 30th at 6:00 pm

Be one of the first to lay eyes on the premiere of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the planetarium.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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