NightLife: Unladylike

They broke rules, stereotypes, and glass ceilings. In honor of Women’s History Month, hear the inspiring stories of fearless Academy scientists from the past who challenged the status quo.

Sounds by TIGERMOM TOY & Trixamillion

Check out TIGERMOM TOY's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

Check out Trixamillion's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page


Buzzed Bios
African Hall
8 PM

  • Grab a cocktail and sip along as Kel Larkin, Institute for Biodiversity Science & Sustainability (IBSS) Program Manager, Marie Angel, Curatorial Assistant of Geology, and Chelsea Connor, IBSS Graduate Student, lead their version of drunk (Academy) history. Animations and stop motion art by Shayna Yasuhara will help bring a few famous Academy alumni to life during this scientifically silly look into the past.

Coastal Creations
6 - 10 PM

  • How did a “feminine” Victorian era craft become a window to our changing oceans? In the 1870s, women weren’t allowed to swim in the ocean, so they got creative: Pressed seaweed art emerged as a way to enjoy the coast, and now give us glimpses of the state of our oceans over a hundred years ago. Join the Museum of Craft and Design and try a modern rendition of this artform yourself by making seaweed print art with DIY block printed tote bags.

Unladylike Collections
6 - 10 PM

  • From insects to birds, Academy scientists will walk you through a collection of specimens previously deemed “unladylike” by societal standards.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • Effective September 16, NightLife guests will no longer be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

In this Tour of the Universe, we will explore a few of the amazing contributions women have made to astronomy.

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Unlock the secrets of space through Chile's epic mountain observatories. Capacity is extremely limited!

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Upcoming events

July 18th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.

July 25th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 60,000 live animals.

August 1st at 6:00 pm

We’re kicking off our music series with homegrown movement maker LaRussell & the surf rock sounds of 3LH.

August 8th at 6:00 pm

Be transported by the grunge punk stylings of Margaritas Podridas and psychedelic rock sounds of opener Fauxes.

August 15th at 6:00 pm

Underground rap pioneer MURS takes center stage, with an opening set from multifaceted hometown artist Z-Man.

August 22nd at 6:00 pm

We’re closing out NightLife Remix with the serene soul vibes of Madison McFerrin and opener Dani Offline.