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

Tonight's NightLife is generously supported by NVIDIA.

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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Vortex 2.0
(Morrison Planetarium)
7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 pm

  • 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. 

* 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.

Visual Information
(African Hall)
6:00 - 10:00pm

  • ​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.

Insects & Entomology
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:30pm

  • 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.

Entomology Lightening Talks
(East Pavilion)
7:00pm

  • ​Get a deeper understanding of insect science with two talks by Academy researchers, Dimitri Smirnoff & Katherine Northup Schick.

Adult Chemistry: From Dirt to Wine
(Terrace Bar & Restaurant)
Tasting from 6:00 - 9:30pm
Talks at 7:30pm & 8:30pm

  • ​Enjoy a taste of Whetstone Wine Cellars, a small, family-owned winery that specializes in Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Viognier, and Napa Valley Syrah. Join us for a discussion with Jamey Whetstone, owner and head wine maker who will cover the chemistry and microbiology of viniculture.

Tasting for 3 glasses of wine is $18. Pairing menu sold separately.

Swamp Talk
(Swamp)
7:30pm

  • Learn all about our popular albino American alligator, Claude, at an evening Swamp Talk.

Music by DJ Magic Touch and Matt McDermott

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HOLIDAY ICE RINK

Celebrate the winter season with a few spins around our seasonal ice rink in the East Garden, part of the Academy’s‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice exhibit.

Add a 45-minute ice session to your NightLife visit for just $12 ($10 for members)

Ice rink tickets can be purchased in advance here or on-site.

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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.
  • Programming lineup subject to change.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • 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.

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FOOD & DRINK

  • 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.

 

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Explore the skies of the current season over San Francisco, from sunset to sunrise.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

An immersive art and music experience in the planetarium created just for NightLife.

Tonight's NightLife is generously supported by

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NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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