• NightLife illustration
    Artwork by Nigel Sussman
  • Trex
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • coral reef
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • DJ performance
    Photo by Celeste Lindahl
  • Docent
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Rainforest
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Hot Flash Heat Wave
    Photo By John Hartsfield
  • Amazon exhibit
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Project Lab
    Photo by Jason Mongue
  • live painting
    Photo by Jason Mongue
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Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3*
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $18 members, $22 non-members.

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife is your ticket to the nocturnal side of the Academy.

*Guarantee your seat under the stars! Reserve a Planetarium Pass to select your showtime in advance. Optional, but recommended. $3 per pass. Available online only.

Please Note: There will be no NightLife event on May 10th as we celebrate the Academy's annual gala fundraiser at Big Bang: Party After Dark! Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

April 26th at 6:00 pm

Tonight, we spotlight bio-diversity in jungles, beaches and even cities.

May 3rd at 6:00 pm

Explore the future of art and technology with programming by MUTEK.SF.

May 17th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

May 24th at 6:00 pm

Tonight, NightLife pays tribute to Ray "Bones" Bandar with insider views into his world renowned bone collection

May 31st at 6:00 pm

NightLife shines a spotlight on Academy researchers, collections and more!

NightLife Artist Spotlight

NightLife Artist Spotlight

Meet Bay Area artist Nigel Sussman and learn about the (wild) inspiration behind his commissioned NightLife illustration.

Food & Drink NightLife

Food & Drink

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 pm, including the Academy Café, The Terrace (located in the West Garden), and convenient food cart in the front lobby.

Enjoy a new seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar, designed by resident mixologist Shane McKnight. Plus, enjoy a weekly menu of beer, wine, and spirits.

Join The Hive

Join The Hive

Interested in a NightLife season pass? Join the Hive—the Academy's exclusive membership for ages 21–40. Perks include a ticket to Party After Dark, and more!

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