Get an early start to your Earth Day by celebrating our most important and industrious pollinators: bees!

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Black and Yellow
African Hall

  • At 7:30 PM, Join Gretchen Le Buhn, director of The Great Sunflower Project, for a community science-focused discussion on urban, suburban, and rural bee populations.
  • At 8:30 PM, Dig deeper into the fascinating range of behaviors within the complex society that is the honey bee colony with social insect biologist Adrian Perez from UC Davis.

Pollinator Posse
Curiosity Grove
All Evening

  • Stop by the grove to hang out with Oakland-based Pollinator Posse, join in on some fun activities, and get some tips on how to make your home more pollinator-friendly.

Bees in the Trap
All Evening

  • Check out Academy collection manager Chris Grinter’s stunning assortment of bee specimens from our 150-year-old collection, including the mesmerizing metallic orchid bee and the world’s largest bumblebee!
  • Meet the experts of the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association and learn about how they promote beekeeping through community, education, and the passing of knowledge.
  • Make your own reusable beeswax food wraps with the DIY experts at Workshop SF.
  • Join the San Francisco Beekeepers Association for a beekeeping show-and-tell and honey tasting.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • To help keep staff and guests safe, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry, and boosters and indoor masking are strongly encouraged. Feeling under the weather? Please NightLife another time! View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium, and masks must be worn properly at all times.)
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Academy Café and West Garden Terrace including a variety of grab-and-go options, craft cocktails, and more. All food and drink must be enjoyed outdoors.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our original planetarium show.

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Upcoming events

June 15th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 60,000 live animals.

June 22nd at 6:00 pm

Kick off SF Pride in style at NightLife! Featuring fierce performances by Oaklash and so much more.

June 29th at 6:00 pm

What's gender got to do with it? More than you think. Hear how scientists defy gender barriers to create change.

July 6th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

July 20th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.

July 27th at 6:00 pm

We’re hella juiced to honor our favorite place: The Bay. Celebrate the region’s famed legacy, featuring KQED.