Coral Reef Dive

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.

-----> Enjoy a nighttime dive show in our Philippine Coral Reef tank and explore the mysteries of dark energy in the planetarium with two screenings of Dark Universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

-----> Learn about the fascinating and complex world of ants with entomologists from the Academy’s Ant Lab.

-----> Put your noggin to the test—and all that you’ve learned at the Academy—with science-inspired trivia rounds by Brainstormer.

-----> Prefer science you can eat and drink? Head outside to The Terrace Restaurant & Bar for its monthly “Adult Chemistry” tasting event, featuring Calicraft Brewing Company. Owner and master brewer Blaine Landberg will talk about the complexities of Calicraft’s wine-inspired sparkling ales. And don’t forget to bring your appetite—The Terrace will also be preparing a whole roasted suckling pig to enjoy with your ales.

Music by DJ Loco



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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 – 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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Upcoming NightLife Events

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.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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