• 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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Member Tickets: $12*
Non-Member Tickets: $15*
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

*Please note: select events are subject to premier pricing ($17 for members, $20 for 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. 

Explore a unique theme each week and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits.

Please note NightLife will be on holiday hiatus for the following dates: 11/23, 12/21, 12/28, and 1/4.

Upcoming Events

November 30th at 6:00 pm

Be one of the first to lay eyes on the premiere of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the planetarium.

December 7th at 6:00 pm

Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

December 14th at 6:00 pm

’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.

January 11th at 6:00 pm

Put down the button mushrooms and discover fungi’s true potential!

January 18th at 6:00 pm

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

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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Thanks to our sponsors

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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