dive show

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, featuring a deep dive into the 'surf zone' with research from partners who work in ecosystems of the shore and break.


Big Wave, Big Views
(African Hall)
8:00pm, Catch a panel discussion and exclusive preview of award winning documentarian Sachi Cunningham's Big Wave surf doc, "One Wave" and learn more about the dangers, conservation and pure excitement of Maverick's surf competition.

Surf Zone Central
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

It's Maverick's Surf season! At the Project Lab, join the following partners to learn about why our state’s coastal ecosystem is so important, and the work and outreach they’re doing to take care of it and inspire environmental stewardship.

Plus, get up close and personal to our incredible marine eco-system with scientific specimens and skulls from the Academy’s Ornithology & Mammalogy research collections.

Adult Chemistry: Science of Bubbles
(The Terrace Bar & Restaurant)
Tastings from 6:00 - 9:30; Talks at 7:30 & 8:30

Then, head outside to The Terrace Restaurant & Bar to learn about the science of bubbles while enjoying sparkling wines and effervescent bites from the Terrace and Schramsberg Vineyards.

Tasting is $18, paired bites are not included in tasting price.

​Unlocked Art Lab
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

Get inspired by fascinating animals from our scientific collections during a watercolor workshop with Tiffany Bozic, an artist whose colorful work depicts surreal nature-inspired scenes.

Coral Reef Dive
(Philippine Coral Reef)

Enjoy nighttime dive show in our Philippine Coral Reef tank.

Music by Concrete Jungle: SF's 2-Tone Tribute Party
Feat. The Selecter Dj Kirk (Sweater Funk), Mini Kurhan (Bangarang Crash) & Adam (Wake The Town)



  • 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.



  • 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.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

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

February 1st at 6:00 pm

Ring in the Year of the Dog with a night devoted to canine companions and Lunar New year traditions.

February 8th at 6:00 pm

Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival takes over NightLife with a very special DJ set from Toro Y Moi.

February 15th at 6:00 pm

Hear from local beer and spirit masters as NightLife partners with SF Beer Week for a refreshing event.

February 22nd at 6:00 pm

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

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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