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NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3 (more info below)
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

Explore the Academy through rose-colored glasses: Tonight we’re celebrating the wonderful world of color. Get your late-night science fix with rainbow-hued cocktails in hand while wandering among rainforest greens, aquarium blues, and coral pinks.

Music by DJ Sep

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Color on the Reef
Science Today, East Pavilion
8:30pm
Grab a seat for a pop-up talk from one of the Academy’s own marine biologists, Raphael Ritson-Williams, who will show some of coral’s wildest colors.

Full Spectrum
Project Lab
6p - 10p

  • Learn about EnChroma glasses, which enable people with red-green colorblindness to see a broader range of clear, vibrant colors. Assess your color vision with a screening test, and then experience your surroundings in a new way: Borrow a pair of EnChroma glasses for a transformative view of the Academy or experience a color blind simulator.

  • Explore the world of polymorphism in raptors with experts from the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory.

  • Check out some of the specimens that have inspired scientific illustrator Rachel Diaz-Bastin’s colorful nudibranchs, Gouldian finches, and frogs.

  • Chat with Academy biologists Cristina Castillo and Susan MacWhorter about coral fluoresence and what it takes for a reef to stay healthy.

  • Learn how reef-dwelling fish use color for mimicry and survival with Academy Ichthyologist Stuart Willis.

  • Check out the Academy’s rainbow of colorful insect specimens, from beetles to butterflies, with Academy researchers Chris Grinter, Wade Lee, and Aaron Goodman.

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 (and colorful).

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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

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!

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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 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

How did our Solar System form and where do we look for evidence of its earliest days?

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe! Narrated by Sigourney Weaver.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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