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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

DJ set by Sazon Libre

NightLife partners with San Francisco Design Week to explore the many ways design impacts lives, culture, and science—from exhibit design to architecture and fashion to fonts.

Live Talks: Building Bold
African Hall

  • At 7:30 PM, discover Bauhaus architecture in its centenary year with a live talk from AIA San Francisco.

  • At 8:30 PM, join designers from the Lost Type Co-Op for jokes, stories, and projects in celebration of their new series of typefaces, created in collaboration with and inspired by the Academy’s scientific collections.

NBA Finals: Game 6 
Science Today 
6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Worried about missing out on the last game at Oracle Arena? Grab a seat and check in on the Bay Area's favorite team with a livestream of Game 6.  

Sneak Peek: Skin
Forum
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Design Showcase
Project Lab + Swamp
All Evening

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • Last entry for the 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 craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe 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.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Get a glimpse into the design process involved in making award-winning shows for the Morrison Planetarium.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 31st at 6:00 pm

Come in costume for NightLife’s annual Halloween bash! See a spooktacular drag show with Heklina + more.