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

Live performance by Lusine
​DJ set by Gina Turner
Music presented by Noise Pop

Get your dose of mechanical mayhem as NightLife hosts an annual salute to all things robotic.


Room of Robots
(African Hall)
6:00pm - 10:00 pm,
Prepare to be amazed as you look to the future in African Hall, where the following robotics companies will show off their innovative work:

Bot Bash Tournaments
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
Show off your robotic skills in the ring with Bot Bash, the civilian-safe bot tournament.

R2D2 Droids
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
While you're walking around the museum make sure to check out (and take a selfie with!) incredibly accurate galactic droids built by the R2 Builders Club.

Future Forward Performances

6:30-8:30 pm - Jam to the beat of DJ Gina Turner.

8:30 - 10:00 pm - Bust out those robot dance moves with a live performance by electronic/IDM musician Lusine.

Automation Station
(Project Lab) 
6:00 - 10:00 pm, 
Stop by the Project Lab to see robo-imaging technology GIGAMacro in action,  meet the robo-geniuses of Silicon Valley Robotics helping to cultivate the future of engineering, peep the rocket powered drone from Pure Rockets and meet the team behind krtkl, who produce low-cost hardware for your own DIY robot.



  • 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 Bar and Restaurant, 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, 7:30 pm

Join planetarium presenter on a tour of the Solar System from a robot-eye view.

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

February 1st at 6:00 pm

Ring in the Year of the Dog with a night devoted to canine companions and Lunar New year traditions.

February 8th at 6:00 pm

Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival takes over NightLife with a very special DJ set from Toro Y Moi.

February 15th at 6:00 pm

Hear from local beer and spirit masters as NightLife partners with SF Beer Week for a refreshing event.

February 22nd at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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