• Fanciful illustration of NightLife guests and Academy animals by artist Lydia Ortiz
    Illustration by Lydia Ortiz
  • Trex
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • coral reef
    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
  • See science differently at NightLife, every Thursday at the Academy from 6-10 pm. For adults 21 and up.
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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.

Upcoming Events

July 19th at 6:00 pm

Every beer tells a story. This week, NightLife follows the brewing process from botanical start to fizzy finish.

July 26th at 6:00 pm

Ogle our annual nature photography exhibit before it opens—and then meet some of the winning photographers IRL.

August 2nd at 6:00 pm

For those who can’t stand the heat, NightLife brings the desert to you with a focus on these wide open spaces.

August 9th at 6:00 pm

NightLife LIVE 2018 music series—performances by Elohim + Caleborate, Presented by Outside Lands Music Festival.

August 16th at 6:00 pm

Join us and a few of our furry friends for a night all about Animal behavior.

August 23rd at 6:00 pm

Science, technology, + innovation collide when NightLife partners with Seeker to explore the future of humanity.

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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