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

Set sail for a journey to the Galápagos Islands, NightLife-style. We’re shining a spotlight on this unique archipelago and its importance to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution during an evening of exploration with Academy scientists. Learn about the Academy’s century-old history of exploration and research in the Galápagos. Check out herpetology and entomology specimens from the islands alongside Darwin’s hawkmoth, British beetles, and other specimens studied by the world-renowned naturalist. Learn about the inspiration behind painter Tiffany Bozic’s new book, Unnatural Selections, and create your own “field sketches” à la Darwin during Unlocked Art Lab.

Full details coming soon!

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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

Planetarium Presenter Hannah is your tour guide on this exploration of planets and moons that run hot & cold!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

How did life on Earth begin? Take a high-speed tour of key events since the Big Bang.

9:30 pm

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

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Upcoming NightLife Events

March 7th at 6:00 pm

It’s a matter of NightLife and death when we team up with the Reimagine Festival to examine the big questions.

March 14th at 6:00 pm

An electric night awaits as NightLife digs into AI and the ways in which it’s transforming our world.

March 21st at 6:00 pm

We’re going back in time with our Dino Days festival—and the most popular dinosaur movie of all time.

March 28th at 6:00 pm

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