Coral Reef Dive

Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

Meet some of our brightest young scientific minds as NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after-hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.


Post Doc Academy
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:45pm

Learn about some of the current research projects and passions of just a few of our incredible post-doc students, including nudibranchs, scorpions, mosquito-borne viruses, corals, sea biscuits, scientific illustration, and more.

  • Lynn Bonomo - Nudibranches
  • Aaron Goodman - Arachnids & Insects
  • Allison Fritts-Penniman - Nudibranchs
  • Panpim Thongsripong - Mosquito and virus
  • Gabriela Arango - Fish
  • Raphael Ritson-Williams - Sex in the Sea
  • Sean Edgerton - Science + Natural History Illustration
  • Misha Leong & Michael Bennett - Human Evolution & Mite Evolution Patterns 
  • Marie Angel - Museum Studies/Collections Management
  • Mike Wurtz, University of the Pacific Archives – papers from famed naturalist John Muir
  • Kevin Pontuti, University of the Pacific Media X – VR film and alternative presentations of John Muir

Sex in the Sea
(Science today)

Yes, even sea creatures do it - in their own special way!  From mass spawning to penis fencing...learn the wild side of the sea from Academy researcher, Raphael Ritson-Williams.

Wait Wait, Don't Cite Me
(Science Today)
8:00pm & 9:00pm

Try to stump a panel of scientists with a special science-themed parody of everybody’s favorite NPR game show called “Wait Wait…Don’t Cite Me!”

Coral Reef Dive Show
(Philippine Coral Reef tank)

Get a close up view of our Philippine Coral reef tank with a special night time edition of our dive show. 

DJ sets by Magic TouchAlex Ho



  • 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.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • Earthquake exhibit is closed in preparation for an all new exhibit.

*Please note—the Shake House will return in June with an all new look and feel!



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace Bar and Restaurant, 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

Think you could pass a third grade astronomy test? How about a fifth grade test?

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Twist and turn through alien worlds and lose yourself in mesmerizing forms, colors, and music.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

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.