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

They’re not considered the “rainforests of the sea” for nothing—celebrate the beauty and wonder of coral reefs during an evening of science exploration with Academy experts.


Marine Exploration
(Project Lab & Swamp)

----->  Speak with Academy researchers about the incredible diversity found in coral reefs and view specimens scientists have collected from their many research trips into the field.

  • Mauritius Bell and Marina Bozinovic from the Academy’s Scientific Diving program - learn about all the underwater activities they oversee, from caring for aquarium exhibits to research diving to exploring the “twilight zone.”
  • Rebecca Albright - Coral Reef scans and replicas
  • Kelly Markello - under the sea invertebrates
  • Allison Fritz-Penniman, Gary Williams, Chris Grinter - Interesting underwater Specimans

Hope for Reefs
(African Hall)

-----> Take a crash course on the Academy’s Hope For Reefs initiative, which focuses on the research and restoration of coral reefs, during a panel discussion with Academy curators Dr. Luiz Rocha and Dr. Rebecca Albright.

Adult Chemistry: Filipino Lambanog 
(The Terrace Bar & Restaurant)
Lambanog Tasting: 6:00 - 9:30pm
Talks at 7:30 & 8:30pm

-----> Try a some Filipino cuisine favorites and a tasting flight (or two) of Lambanog, a Filipino based coconut-based alcoholic specialty, during Adult Chemistry at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar.

Tasting Flight - $18.

Denizens of the Deep
(Science Today; East Pavilion)

-----> Here a pop-up talk from Steinhart Aquarium director about the ground breaking technology that allows deep sea researchers to bring Live Specimens to the surface in a more humane way.

Music by DJ Proof (Massive Selector)



  • 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.
  • Programming lineup subject to change. 



  • Don’t miss your last chance to explore the seismic science of our ever-changing planet in this popular exhibit. Discover what happens when tectonic plates shift, view stunning geologic specimens from our Earth’s core, and learn what you can do to stay prepared for future earthquakes.
  • Please note—the Shake House will return in June with an all new look and feel!



  • 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

Meet the heroes of our universe while witnessing the battle for good versus evil

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Twist and turn through alien worlds and lose yourself in mesmerizing forms, colors, and music

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Upcoming NightLife Events

March 1st at 6:00 pm

Calling all lovers of succulents, giant ferns, and everything in-between for an evening of gardening how-to's.

March 8th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the tentacled, slimy, and lumpy with a night dedicated to curious creatures. Plus, meet a sloth!

March 15th at 6:00 pm

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

March 22nd at 6:00 pm

Get your dose of mechanical mayhem as NightLife hosts a salute to all things robotic.