Members $12, Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Join NightLife for an on-going event series that explores the brain and body with mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions around the museum.

All workshops presented by Yoga Tree and Yoga Works.

  • In African Hall, join Wonderfest for a night of brainy talks by experts from UCSF: Dr. Elissa Epel on obesity and the brain, and Dr. Howard Fields on the brain’s ability to create “a virtual mind-body experience.”
  •  Treat your mind and body to yoga sessions around the museum with Yoga Tree and Yoga Works instructors. Roll out your mat and take a class in the following places:

      -----> Inhale/Exhale in the Philippine Coral Reef
      -----> Downward Dog to a live DJ set by DJ HyFi in the Piazza
      -----> Hold a Child's pose under the stars for a very special class on our Living Roof                           (weather permitting)

  • What do your thoughts look and sound like? Slip on an EEG reader customized by Colin Harrington, a lucid dreamer, who created the “Beyond Sonification” installation in response to his unique sleep cycle. Using a modified commercial EEG reader, his project transforms his dreams—or anybody’s thoughts and emotions—into soundscapes and imagery.

*Please note some yoga classes will require passes that will be distributed on a first come first served basis outside on the front concourse. Please bring your own mat.

Please note:

  • Yoga class capacity is limited in each location and entry is not guaranteed.
  • Forum Gallery and Coral Reef yoga sessions require passes which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm outside on the front building concourse.

Upcoming Brain & Body NightLife 2017 events:

  • September 21st
  • November 9th



  • 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.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 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.



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May 18th at 6:00 pm

NightLife is throwing a party of prehistoric proportions guaranteed to bring out the paleontologist in everyone.

May 25th at 6:00 pm

Get your late night science fix with a celebration of the best of the Academy.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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