Explore the museum while enjoying live, acoustic performances by San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Heads up! Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled visit is now required for all Academy guests ages 12+. View our vaccination policy and health and safety details here.

All NightLife guests must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. Members, please log in after adding tickets to your cart to receive your discount.

Please note that the last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep!

NightLife is 21+ with ID, from 6-10 pm.

Featuring DJ set by Red Corvette

Explore the museum while enjoying live, acoustic performances by San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Pop-up Music Performances
See timeslots for locations

  • 7:30 - 8:30 PM - Flute/Guitar Duo - Living Roof (outdoor)
    • Angelina Ho, Flute
    • Juri Yun, Guitar
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM - String Quartet - African Hall
    • Clare Armenante, Violin
    • Carly Scena, Violin
    • Nasr Sheikh, Viola
    • Evan Kahn, Cello
  • 8:30 - 9:30 PM - Violin/Cello Duo - Philippine Coral Reef
    • Anju Goto, Violin
    • Federico Ramirez, Cello

SFCM Cinema
Science Today
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Meet & Greet
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Stop by the SFCM tables to chat with the musicians of the Conservatory and the people who make it all possible.

Chef's Picks
West Garden
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Enjoy a specially curated playlist from SFCM Alum Brandon Bell that is sure to capture some of your most musically impactful memories.

Jazz Combo upon entry courtesy of

  • Skyler Nolan, Saxophone
  • Spencer Hoefert, Double Bass
  • Fernando Rodriguez, Guitar


A few don't-miss event details:

  • To help keep guests safe and ensure everyone has plenty of room to roam, NightLife will be limiting capacity and have timed-entry tickets.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium will be open during NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, reservations are required and capacity is limited. Reservations are first-come, first served—simply scan the QR code posted in the front lobby upon arrival to make your reservation.

    Please note: 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.
  • Please embrace the Academy’s three favorite Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. All guests will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced according to the latest public health and safety guidelines.
  • NightLife is adults-only for 21+
  • Still have Q’s? See our FAQ’s here.


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Unlock the secrets of space through Chile's epic mountain observatories. Capacity is extremely limited!

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

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

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