Noise Pop

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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.


Spend an evening exploring the science of sound as NightLife kicks off the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival with a headlining DJ set by Washed Out and opening sets by Bad Girl Bailey and femmelectric.


The Show 

6:00-7:15pm, Opening set by femmelectric

7:15-8:15pm, Opening set by SF-based Bad Girl Bailey

8:15-9:45pm, Headlining set by Washed Out

Washed Out is the recording name of chillwave pioneer Ernest Greene, best known for launching the synth-heavy, bedroom-pop sound of the early 2010s, and whose song, “Feel It All Around,” graced the opening credits of Portlandia.

Silent Disco
(Coral Reef)
7:00-10:00 pm
, Grab a pair of headphones down in the aquarium for a silent disco with DJ Kayvon (7-9pm) and DJ Connor Griffith (9-10pm).

Noise Pop Fest Showcase
6:00-10:00 pm

  • Learn how to DJ with Fingersnaps Media Arts, a creative and educational DJ studio located in the heart of the Mission.
  • Test illustrator Nigel Sussman’s imagination with your "party animal" request for him to draw.
  • Feast your eyes on poster art at a mini pop-up art gallery with Lil Tuffy




  • 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 $5 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!



  • 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.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

NightLife honors the historic and groundbreaking Vortex series with immersive new visual and sonic creations.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

December 1st at 6:00 pm

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone 21+ is invited to shop the halls at our annual holiday bazaar!

December 8th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

December 1st at 7:00 pm

Meet the group of plants that are older than dinosaurs and the most endangered organisms on Earth.

December 15th at 7:00 pm

Reflect on a changing world with performers and poets whose work sits at the intersection of art and science.