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Plan ahead and save! Buy online at least one day in advance to lock in the lowest price on NightLife tickets. For more information, see our Plan-Ahead Pricing FAQ.

NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

Join us and a few of our furry, scaly, and feathered friends for a night all about animal behavior.

DJ set by Masha Martinovic


Creature Feature
African Hall

  • At 7pm, Catch a live talk from professor Kristina M. Horback (UC Davis) on applied Ethology and what makes animals behave the way they do.
  • At 8pm, Enjoy CatVideoFest, the offline celebration of online cat videos, curated by filmmaker Will Braden, the creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir.

Furry Friends
East Garden
6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Hang out in the garden with some of Little Explorers’ friendly, rambunctious goats and meet some of SFSPCA’s most adoptable puppies.

Experience: Wild Immersion VR
East Pavilion
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Check out the world’s first “Virtual Reserve” with a stunning VR experience provided by Wild Immersion.

Animal Behavior Showcase
Project Lab
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Play interactive games and chat with researchers from Stanford about everything from brain cognition in animals to baleen whale feeding habits.



  • 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.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Explore the skies of the current season over San Francisco, from sunset to sunrise the next morning.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our original planetarium show.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

Upcoming NightLife Events

June 4th at 7:00 pm

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the Academy’s latest show, Expedition Reef.

June 11th at 7:00 pm

Virtual NightLife is going to space! Join us for Vol. 6, when we’ll be mixing cosmos with the cosmos.