sci tech

Few places in the world are fueled by the intersection of science and technology like right here in the Bay Area—and that’s reason enough to party! Treat yourself to an evening of cutting-edge science and the techy advances that fuel it.


Drone Tabling
(African Hall)

6:00-10:00 pm, Get up to speed on the ever-emerging field of drone technology and learn how scientists use these high-flying cams to explore ecosystems and communities around the world while chatting with teams from Digital Democracy, Pix4D, 3DR, Global Forest Watch, Drone Deploy, and Open ROV. Check out how drones are helping to inform critical conservation decisions with Conservation MetricsLiquid Robotics, and aerial imagery pros from DJI.

Google Demos
(East Pavilion)

6:00-10:00 pm, Hear from the team behind Google Expeditions and experience some of the world’s most fascinating places while checking out a Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) demo. Plus, embark on a visual tour around the globe with Google Earth imagery and hear from the engineers who put mapping the planet at our fingertips.

A Talk with Biologist Rob Dunn

7:30-8:00 pm, "Why The Obscure Biology of Jungle Species is Central to the Future of Medical and Agricultural Innovation and Technology"—a talk with Biologist Rob Dunn. Book signing to follow.

Climbing Demos & Image Digitizing
(Project Lab)

6:00-10:00 pm, Catch a live climbing demo from Academy researcher and sloth scientist Dr. Bryson Voirin and hear about how he gains access to study these adorably slow-moving creatures and their unique behaviors.

Plus, see the Academy’s GIGAmacro imaging technology in action and discover what goes into digitizing over 46 million scientific specimens—and counting!

Music by DJ Alex Roach

Food & Drink
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, 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.

Exhibit Times
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-9:30 pm, Marvel at colossal whale skeletons in Whales: Giants of the Deep

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life

Please Be Advised

  • Planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis.
  • 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 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

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

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Upcoming events

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night! Explore the Academy's nocturnal side. Sounds by: DJ Mark Maiden.

June 6th at 6:00 pm

We’re bringing the spice at our hottest event of the year. Hear from spicy savants, sample fiery foods, & more.

June 13th at 6:00 pm

Honor Black contributions to global dance with a special Juneteenth edition of the Make History dance battle.

June 20th at 6:00 pm

Inked is back at NightLife! Explore the wonders of ink from cephalopods to live tattoos–yes, the real kind!

June 27th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a night dedicated to community, activism & joy. Featuring drag by Oaklash.