• NightLife illustration
    Artwork by Nigel Sussman
  • Trex
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • coral reef
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • DJ performance
    Photo by Celeste Lindahl
  • Docent
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Rainforest
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Hot Flash Heat Wave
    Photo By John Hartsfield
  • Amazon exhibit
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Project Lab
    Photo by Jason Mongue
  • live painting
    Photo by Jason Mongue
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Member Tickets: $12*
Non-Member Tickets: $15*
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

*Please note: select events are subject to premier pricing ($17 for members, $20 for non-members).

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. 

Explore a unique theme each week and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits.

Please note: the Academy's Osher Rainforest will be closed for updates from September 5-October 12, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience. The rainforest will re-open on October 13 with a brand new, immersive cave experience and many more exciting updates.

Upcoming Events

August 24th at 6:00 pm

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

August 31st at 6:00 pm

Enjoy some “Adult Chemistry” with Drake’s Brewing Co. and stories from the field with Dr. Jason G. Goldman.

September 7th at 6:00 pm

Break down the science of fermentation—from beer to cheese and everything in between!

September 14th at 6:00 pm

Chill out with sample-based electronic music from Ryan Hemsworth & Qrion, presented by Popscene.

September 21st at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

September 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the green museum.

October 5th at 6:00 pm

It’s that time of year—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.

October 12th at 6:00 pm

The NightLife LIVE season comes to a close with a dreamy, fuzzed out performance from DIIV and Black Marble.

October 19th at 6:00 pm

Explore the mysteries beyond our solar system with a night dedicated to the search for extraterrestrials.

October 26th at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at NightLife when the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling tribute to '80s horror.

NightLife Artist Spotlight

NightLife Artist Spotlight

Meet Bay Area artist Nigel Sussman and learn about the (wild) inspiration behind his commissioned NightLife illustration.

Food & Drink NightLife

Food & Drink

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 pm, including the Academy Café, The Terrace (located in the West Garden), and convenient food cart in the front lobby.

Enjoy a new seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar, designed by resident mixologist Shane McKnight. Plus, enjoy a weekly menu of beer, wine, and spirits.

Join The Hive

Join The Hive

Interested in a NightLife season pass? Join the Hive—the Academy's exclusive membership for ages 21–40. Perks include a ticket to Party After Dark, and more!

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Thanks to our sponsors

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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