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NightLife Spotlight: Flight
Embark on a late-night science adventure: NightLife explores the mechanics of flight in the natural world.
Music by DJ Platurn
Science of Flight Showcase
Learn about the evolution of flight in a wide range of creatures with specimens from our scientific collections, from fossils to terrestrial arthropods and virus-carrying mosquitoes.
VR Experience: A Drop in the Ocean*
Explore the ocean from a plankton's perspective in the Academy's brand new VR installation "Drop in the Ocean". *This experience is not included in the General Admission price.
Generously supported by United Airlines
- Last entry for the 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 craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
- Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 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!
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.
Join our Planetarium team to see the spacecrafts that could launch us, once again, beyond Earth.
Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.
Upcoming NightLife Events
Spice up your NightLife with an evening dedicated to the cool science behind mild, medium & flaming hot peppers.
Tune into NightLife when the museum transforms into a phone-free zone dedicated to life in the analog.
NightLife shrinks you down to size with venomous animals to kick-off the opening of our new exhibit, Venom.
You’re invited to have the time of your life at NightLife’s annual "Under the Sea" prom!