coral reef

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

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You’re invited to have the time of your life at NightLife’s inaugural prom! This year’s theme is “Under the Sea,” so come dressed up and ready to celebrate World Oceans Day and the beauty and wonder of coral reefs.

Take a classic prom photo and head down to the aquarium to show off your high school-era dance moves during a silent disco DJ’d by King Most.

Just waiting for the right song? Hang out by the snack tables and try some delicious samples from Pacific Catch and learn about their commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood.

Catch a dive show in the Philippine Coral Reef or learn about the Academy’s Hope For Reefs initiative during an Academy Update in the planetarium with project manager Cristina Castillo.

Get a small taste of the incredible diversity found in coral reefs and view specimens Academy scientists have collected from their many research trips into the field, including nudibranchs, fish, sea biscuits, and more.

Plus, learn about how remote-controlled and bio-inspired designed robots can assist marine expeditions with Dr. Hannah Stuart, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley.



  • 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.



  • 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!



  • 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.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Learn what we’re doing at the Academy to help protect coral reefs and what you can do, too!

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

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Embark on a late-night science adventure: NightLife explores the mechanics of flight in the natural world.

June 6th at 6:00 pm

Come dressed to go “Under the Sea” and celebrate World Oceans Day and the wonder of coral reefs.

June 13th at 6:00 pm

NightLife partners with SF Design Week to explore the many ways design impacts lives, culture, and science.

June 20th at 6:00 pm

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