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.


Dive Show
(Coral Reef)
-----> Enjoy a nighttime dive show in our Philippine Coral Reef tank! Watch as a diver suits up in scuba gear and plunges into one of the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibits.

Academy Ant Lab
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:30pm

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

Brainstormer Trivia
(African Hall)

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

  • 7:00pm - I Want to Rock
  • 8:00pm - Heavy Metal
  • 9:00pm - Space Jams


Adult Chemistry: Where Beer Meets Wine
(The Terrace Restaurant & Bar)

-----> Prefer science you can eat and drink? Head outside to The Terrace Restaurant & Bar for NightLife's food and drink experience, “Adult Chemistry”— featuring Calicraft Brewing Company.

  • Talks: 7:30 & 8:30pm - Owner and master brewer Blaine Landberg will talk about the complexities of Calicraft’s wine-inspired sparkling ales.
  • Tastings: 6:00 - 9:30pm - Bring your appetite—The Terrace will also be preparing a whole roasted suckling pig to enjoy with your ales tasting.*

*Set of 3 CaliCraft 5oz pours for $18; Tasting menu sold separately.

Music in the Piazza by DJ Loco



  • The Academy's Osher Rainforest will be closed for updates beginning September 5th and re-open for NightLife on 10/12 with a brand new, immersive cave experience and many more exciting updates.



  • 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.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Astronomers have discovered giant clouds of alcohol in space!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe! Narrated by Sigourney Weaver.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 26th at 6:00 pm

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

November 2nd at 6:00 pm

Design and science unite for a special edition of NightLife curated by California College of the Arts.

November 9th at 6:00 pm

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

November 16th at 6:00 pm

Sink your teeth into BiteLife, our annual event celebrating all things edible.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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