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Members $12
Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.

Enjoy a nighttime dive show in our Philippine Coral Reef tank and set a collision course for Earth in the planetarium with two screenings of Incoming!, narrated by George Takei.

Catch a special presentation by science journalist Dr. Jason G. Goldman as he shares stories from the field covering animals and the threats they face. In conversation with Seeker host and sci-news personality Trace Dominguez, hear about Goldman's reporting adventure to Tajikistan for Shoot to Save, his latest story for the Academy's online magazine bioGraphic, which explores the surprising way that conservationists are relying on trophy hunters to protect a rare mountain goat and the snow leopards that prey on them.

Head outside to The Terrace Restaurant & Bar for some “Adult Chemistry”—this month, enjoy a tasting with Drake’s Brewing Company.

Discover the secrets behind their wide varieties of beer—Barrel Master Travis Camacho and his “Barrel Minions” never cease to amaze!

Music by DJ Jay Midnight

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.
     
  • Programming lineup subject to change. 

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6 – 9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 3rd at 6:00 pm

From bioluminescence to the electric grid, feel the buzz as NightLife celebrates all things illuminated!

August 10th at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Outside Lands weekend with a special performance from Electric Guest and the She's.

August 17th at 6:00 pm

Cat lovers unite for NightLife's tribute to our four-pawed friends!

August 24th at 6:00 pm

Explore the science and beauty of motion in the natural world—and on the dance floor.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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