Members $12, Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

NightLife is throwing a party of prehistoric proportions guaranteed to bring out the paleontologist in everyone. Take to the skies with some of the largest animals to ever fly! To celebrate the opening of Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, we’re going way way back in time.

  • Get the first look at this new exhibit and explore rare fossils, huge life-sized models (the Quetzalcoatlus sported wingspans up to 33 feet!), interactive experiences, and see real skulls from these prehistoric reptiles.
  • In African Hall, the University of California Museum of Paleontology—which has the largest paleontological collection of any university museum in the world—shows off some of their incredible museum specimens.
  • ​Learn about ancient food production and social change with Dr. Maureece Levin, postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Archaeology Center.
  • What happens when you put a microbiologist, a 45-million-year-old yeast preserved in amber from Myanmar, and beer lovers together? You get beer made with that prehistoric yeast, conjured up by Schubros Brewery. Learn what it takes to create something new with something very, very old.

Music by DJ Jamie Jams.



  • 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.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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.


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Upcoming NightLife Events

May 11th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

May 18th at 6:00 pm

NightLife is throwing a party of prehistoric proportions guaranteed to bring out the paleontologist in everyone.

May 25th at 6:00 pm

Get your late night science fix with a celebration of the best of the Academy.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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