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

Be the first to peep the Academy’s fourth annual BigPicture wildlife photography exhibit and raise a glass to the best in nature and conservation photography.


Big Picture Exhibit Opening
6:00 - 10:00pm
-----> See the captivating work of world-class photographers and discover how they document some of the most fascinating moments of life on Earth in an effort to share important conservation stories with the world.

Photography Beyond Talks
(African Hall)
8:00pm & 9:00pm

-----> First at 8:00pm, hear from Indre Viskontas & Big Picture Jury Chair Suzi Eszterhas as they discuss the neuroscience behind captivating images and how our brains recreate the outside world in our minds.

-----> Then at 9:00pm, hear from nature documentarian and director of PBS's Rare, Chun-Wei as he gives an inside look into wild life photographer, Joel Satore's Photo Ark Project.

Close Up Cameras
(Project Lab & Swamp)
6:00 - 10:00pm

----->Learn how aerial drone photography provides new views of our planet and can help with tracking wildlife with the Tesla Foundation and get your photo taken by a drone photo booth.

-----> See closer-than-ever views of scientific specimens with GIGAmacro’s extreme resolution photography equipment.

-----> Check out the new photo app and device, Prynt, that prints and animates your photos straight from your phone.

Eclipse Mega Movie Project
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm, Talk at 7:30pm

-----> Learn about the mission to capture the upcoming Eclipse by crowd sourced photos and learn how you can become a part of it!

DJ Set by New Wave City’s, DJ Shindog in the Piazza.



  • 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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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 3rd at 6:00 pm

From bioluminescence to electric vehicles, explore the ins and outs of illumination and electricity.

August 10th at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Outside Lands weekend with a special performance from Electric Guest and the She's.

August 17th at 6:00 pm

Cat lovers unite for NightLife's tribute to our four-pawed friends!

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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