Vortex Astronaut

Explore the cosmos with a 3 part series in April examining all dimensions of Space - Past, Present and Future. 

This week, get trippy as NightLife travels far out with art, performances, and ideas inspired by the future of life in space.


Cosmic Performance
7:30 & 8:30pm

Choreographer Katerina Wong presents Speck - a dance performance about humans, space exploration, and the connections between them - using sounds from the Voyager Golden Record and other NASA missions.

Virtual Space Station
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

Explore the future of space virtually with one of Dream Logic’s experiential VR art shows.

Going Farther
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

The NorCal Mars Society will bring a replica of the hard-working, selfie-taking Mars Rover. Plus, visit with Berkeley Space Sciences Lab as they discuss future missions to mars. 

Imagine a future with your very own astromech droid when the Bay Area R2 Builders swing by with R2-D2 and friends.

Then, visit with NASA Ames Research Center and Lead Biosentinal Project Scientist, Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya to learn more about a spaceflight experiment that will measure the effects of radiation on biology using yeast cells. 

Plus, explore Spaceflight radiation and related ground study data archived in the GeneLab Data Repository. Dr. Sylvain Costes, GeneLab Project Manager will chat about the free, open science, publically available space biology data in GeneLab.

Yoga in Space
(Forum Theater)

Will there be yoga on Mars? See what it might be like to do a downward dog while looking out at the cosmos with yoga sessions in “space” with Lauren Cohen. Class is brought to you by Yoga Tree & Yoga Works.

Please note:

  • Capacity is limited and entry is not guaranteed.
  • BYOYM - Bring Your Own Yoga Mat.

Alien Creations
6:00 - 10:00pm

Create the extraterrestrial of your dreams with a “draw-your-own-alien” workshop from Paint Pens Collective and test illustrator (and NightLife artist) Nigel Sussman’s imagination with an otherworldly request for him to draw.

See the Academy transformed with spacey projections by Colin Harrington around the building.

DJ Magic Touch in the Coral Reef. 



  • 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.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • Earthquake exhibit is closed in preparation for an all new exhibit.

*Please note—the Shake House will return in June with an all new look and feel!



  • 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

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

Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy!

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