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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.

This week, we’re shrinking NightLife down to size with a celebration of all things tiny, miniature, and microscopic.

Music by DJ Starfari

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Live Talks: Think Small
Science Today

  • At 7:30 PM, Catch a live talk on the future of tiny homes from Daniel Fitzpatrick, California Chapter Leader of the American Tiny House Association.

  • At 8:30 PM, See what NASA advisor and author of "What's It Like in Space?" Ariel Waldman found when she traveled to Antarctica for 5 weeks to film microbes living under the ice.

Mini Mobile
East Garden
7:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Get in and check out Happier Camper’s HC1, the tiny unique trailer inspired by classic design and packed with modern functionality.

Tiny Showcase
Project Lab
All Evening

VR Experience: A Drop in the Ocean*
Piazza
All Evening

  • Explore the ocean from a plankton's perspective in the Academy's brand new VR installation "Drop in the Ocean". *This experience is not included in the General Admission price.

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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, 9:30 pm

See just how tiny we are in the Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

How did life on Earth begin? Take a high-speed tour of key events since the Big Bang.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Embark on a late-night science adventure: NightLife explores the mechanics of flight in the natural world.

June 6th at 6:00 pm

Come dressed to go “Under the Sea” and celebrate World Oceans Day and the wonder of coral reefs.

June 13th at 6:00 pm

NightLife partners with SF Design Week to explore the many ways design impacts lives, culture, and science.

June 20th at 6:00 pm

NightLife gets under your skin with the opening of our newest exhibit!