Satellite Astronaut

Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

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

The future is now: Space Month continues with a night dedicated to the ideas of today that are propelling space exploration into tomorrow’s frontiers.


The Private Sector Space Race
(African Hall)
Lectures presented by Computer History Museum

Elizabeth Lopatto, Science Editor at The Verge, moderates two talks presented by Computer History Museum about private companies in the space business:

7:00pm: Learn about asteroid mining and the world’s first commercial deep space exploration program with Chris Lewicki, CEO of Planetary Resources.

8:00pm: Get the inside info on the opportunities and challenges of the private space race with Ron Goedendorp, VP of Space Opportunity at NanoRacks.

Space Search
(Forum Theater)
Look for extraterrestrial life with Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, an organization dedicated to the search for other technological civilizations. 

8:30pm: Explore Exoplanet discoveries and Supernova explosions with a talk from Geert Barensten of NASA Keplar.

*Please note: drinks are not permitted in the Forum Theater.

SpaceTravel Trivia
7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:00pm

Always wanted to be an astronaut? See if you could cut it on the ISS by testing your knowledge with a round of space-themed trivia that rolls through science and pop culture with Brainstormer.

Space Science Today
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

Get the latest on NASA’s Kepler Mission and the Kepler space telescope, launched into space and designed to survey the Milky Way in search of new planets. Check out the latest from NASA Ames and learn about the ways you can cultivate your own astronomical habit with the Robert Ferguson Observatory, Northern California’s most active public observatory.

Stop by the San Franpsycho table to get a live screen print of the interstellar "Claude Nebula" design and check out some of their other space inspired wares.
Bring a dark item of clothing for a white ink screen print - $10. Pre-printed cotton tee - $25.

Enjoy a sonic set from DJ Aaron Axelson 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, 7:30 pm

See the current (and future) lineup of spacecraft that will get us past Earth orbit.

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 ticketed museum events

July 29th at 6:00 pm

Hear the latest on the Academy's cutting-edge biodiversity research and global—and local—conservation efforts.

August 5th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

August 12th at 6:00 pm

Explore Pop-Up Magazine’s FIELD GUIDE audio experience + art project made for & inspired by the world around us.

August 19th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.
For adults 21+.

Upcoming free virtual events

August 5th at 7:00 pm

Learn how people are saving—and flying—hundreds of baby sea turtles a year from Cape Cod's "Deadly Bucket."