Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

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


Fascinating Fungi
(African Hall)
7:15, 8:00 & 8:45pm, Hear fascinating fungi talks that range from the foraged to the funeral.

The Science of Spores
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm, 
Dive into the science of spores with the following experts:

  • Discover the role of fungi in future engineering with Sonia Travaglini, a UC Berkeley researcher.
  • Take a microscopic look at parasitic fungus with UC Berkeley’s Eisen Lab
  • Examine mycology under the microscopes with experts at Merritt College
  • Take spore prints with Tyler Tauntin of SF Mycological Society
  • Look at the Life cycle of Chytrid Fungi with Stearns Lab at Stanford. 

The Edible and Exotic
Under the expert guidance of Bay Area Applied Mycology, assemble your own DIY mushroom growing kit and peep super exotic mushroom specimens with Far West Fungi. Plus, check out the Mushroom Burial Suit from Coeio up close.

Truffle Talks
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm, talk at 8:30pm,
Ever wonder about the area’s mushroom landscape? Learn about urban truffle foraging throughout the Bay Area from Stephanie Jarvis Pacific Truffle Growers.

Then, become a fun guy (Sorry, had to...) on the dance floor to the fungi inspired funk laid down by Andy Cabic (Vetiver) 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.



Planetarium Shows

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

6:30 pm

For millennia, hallucinogens and constellations have both played roles in storytelling and religious practice

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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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