• 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 NightLife will be on holiday hiatus for the following dates: 11/23, 12/21, 12/28, and 1/4.

Upcoming Events

December 14th at 6:00 pm

’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.

January 11th at 6:00 pm

Put down the button mushrooms and discover fungi’s true potential!

January 18th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.

January 25th at 6:00 pm

Be one of the first to lay eyes on the premiere of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the planetarium.

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!

Connect With NightLife
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Thanks to our sponsors

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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