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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.

Tune into NightLife and drop out of the digital world: Join us in transforming the museum into a phone-free zone with an experimental night dedicated to life in the analog.

*Please note: In the spirit of all going analog together, NightLife will require every guest to temporarily unplug and place their phone in a small Yondr case during this event. Guests will maintain possession of their phone at all times and there will be several “unlock” stations set up around the museum for easy phone access.

DJ set by Andy Cabic (Vetiver)


Live Talk: Human Connection
African Hall
7:30 PM
Grab a seat for a mini-TED talk from Ivan Cash on what human connection is and how we all actually interact and relate with other.

Experience: Ambient Aquarium
Philippine Coral Reef
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Head down to the coral reef and take in an ambient synth performance by Jason Stinett and friends of the Vintage Synthesizer Museum while Mad Alchemy projects its colorful and trippy analog liquid light show.

Analog Arcade
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Enjoy some analog pastimes and play vintage pinball machines while Andy Cabic of Vetiver spins (vinyl only, of course).

Analog Showcase
Project Lab + Swamp
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Make your own galaxy water color art with Workshop SF, check out cool machines from the Vintage Synth Museum, and dig through vinyl, cassettes, and even 8 tracks from Amoeba SF. Plus check out and purchase original prints from artist/photographer Della Rae Stroh.



  • 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.



  • Q: I didn’t know that phones are not allowed tonight. What if I don’t want to go phone-free?

    In the spirit of tonight’s one-night-only theme and all going analog together, we respectfully request that all Analog NightLife attendees only use their phones in designated Phone Use Areas located around the museum.

  • Q: My admission ticket is on my phone. How do I get entry to the event?

    You will not be asked to put your phone away until after you’ve entered the building, so you may use your mobile device to present your event ticket upon arrival.

  • Q: My planetarium ticket is on my phone. How will I access it for entry to the dome?

    No worries! Phones will be temporarily unlocked at the planetarium entrance so that show passes may be scanned.

  • Q: Can I use my phone at all during the event?

    In the spirit of going analog together, we ask that you only use your phone in designated Phone Use Areas, three of which will be located throughout the museum. Upon arrival at the Academy that night, all phones will be secured in Yondr cases that will be opened as you exit the event. Guests maintain possession of their phones at all times, and can access their phones throughout the event at designated Phone Use Areas around the museum. All phones will be re-secured in Yondr cases before leaving these designated areas.

  • Q: Will the pouch affect my phone in any way?

    No, the pouch will not affect your phone.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover our place in the cosmos in the new planetarium show Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks.

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

January 30th at 6:00 pm

Join us for how-to, hands-on demos and workshops to help you learn useful crafts and skills for adulting.

February 6th at 6:00 pm

Wake up and smell the coffee (& chocolate!) at NightLife's tribute to the Bay Area's favorite way to get buzzed.

February 13th at 6:00 pm

NightLife partners with SF Beer Week for a hopping evening of tasty local brews. Cheers!

February 20th at 6:00 pm

Explore the science of sound and kick off Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival with a DJ set by Washed Out + more!