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Plan ahead and save! Buy online at least one day in advance to lock in the lowest price on NightLife tickets. For more information, see our Plan-Ahead Pricing FAQ.

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

NightLife gets under your skin with the opening of our newest exhibit!

DJ Set by Jay Midnight

Live Talks: Uncovered
African Hall
7:30 & 8:30 PM

Exhibit Premier: Skin
Forum
All Evening

Skin Showcase
Swamp
All Evening

  • Find out about the “skin” of your own eye and how its epithelial barrier helps to protect your vision with UC Berkeley researcher Stephanie Wan. Plus check out the skin on some of the most interesting specimens from our collections with Academy researchers.

VR Experience: A Drop in the Ocean*
Piazza
All Evening

  • Explore the ocean from a plankton's perspective in the Academy's brand new VR installation "Drop in the Ocean". *This experience is not included in the General Admission price.

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 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!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • 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.

Music

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

Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

January 16th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face mites off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy for a knee-slapping night.

January 23rd at 6:00 pm

Get a second chance to kick off the new year with a night devoted to Lunar New Year traditions!

January 30th at 6:00 pm

Join us for how-to, hands-on demos and workshops to help you learn useful crafts and skills for adulting.