Photo by Emily Margarit Mason

Photo Credit: Emily Margarit Mason


Update: General Admission for this event is SOLD OUT


Featuring DJ set by Noel (Sweater Funk)

Activate your senses and get ready to explore the museum in a whole new way! The California Academy of Sciences has teamed up with Pop-Up Magazine for a very special NightLife featuring their latest project, FIELD GUIDE, an innovative and immersive audio experience that encourages us to engage with our surroundings through place-based stories.

As you explore some of the Academy’s most iconic spaces—from the breathtakingly beautiful Coral Reef to the lush East Garden—compelling audio stories created specifically around these environments will add a new dimension to your experience. Be it the sound of the wind in the trees, the flow of water to the ocean, or the brightness of the moon and stars in the night sky, this special NightLife is sure to inspire you to notice things we often take for granted and consider how our lives intersect with the natural world. Join us at 8pm for a talk under the trees in the African Hall, where Pop-Up Magazine author and contributor Bonnie Tsui joins senior story producer Haley Howle for a behind-the-scenes peek into FIELD GUIDE, with Q&A to follow.


A few don't-miss event details:

  • To help keep guests safe and ensure everyone has plenty of room to roam, NightLife will be limiting capacity and have timed-entry tickets.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium will be open during NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, reservations are required and capacity is limited. Reservations are first-come, first served—simply scan the QR code posted in the front lobby upon arrival to make your reservation.

    Please note: food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium, and masks must be worn properly at all times.

  • Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Academy Café and West Garden Terrace including a variety of grab-and-go options, craft cocktails, and more. All dining and drinking is permitted inside the Academy Cafe and outdoors in the garden.
  • Please embrace the Academy’s three favorite Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. All guests will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced according to the latest public health and safety guidelines.
  • NightLife is adults-only for 21+
  • Still have Q’s? See our FAQ’s here.


Planetarium Shows

9:30 pm

Explore our mysterious world at night with an innovative and immersive audio experience.

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