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“NightLife” at California Academy of Sciences | Thursdays

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife is your ticket to the nocturnal side of the Academy.

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week.

  • Thursdays from 6-10 pm / 21+ with valid ID
  • Tickets usually $15 with certain weeks being $20 or $22.
  • Planetarium passes additional $3 for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 shows and can be purchased online. (The 6:30 pm planetarium show is always free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  • Last entry is 9 pm.

Thursday, February 21

Lunar New Year NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, February 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Lunar New Year NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Kick off the Year of the Pig with lion dancers, masked performers, martial arts and pigs.

Thursday, February 28

NightLife Spotlight: Darwin | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, February 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife Spotlight: Darwin | California Academy of Sciences
sail for a journey to the Galápagos Islands, NightLife-style. We’re shining a spotlight on this unique archipelago and its importance to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution during an evening of exploration with Academy scientists.

Thursday, March 7

NightLife & Death | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, March 7 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife & Death | California Academy of Sciences
It’s a matter of NightLife and death when we team up with the Reimagine End of Life festival to examine the big questions about mortality in the natural world through an evening of science, discussion, and art. Launched in 2016 to “investigate the intersection of art, ...

Thursday, March 14

AI NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, March 14 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
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AI NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
An electric and eclectic night awaits as NightLife investigates artificial intelligence and the ways in which it’s already transforming our world. Explore immersive experiences, AI, blockchains, and other technological innovations that will shape our future with interactive projects by students at the California College of ...

Thursday, March 21

Jurassic NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, March 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
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Jurassic NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
oin us for a party of Jurassic proportions guaranteed to bring out the dinosaur-loving kid everyone: We’re going back in time with our Dino Days festival—and the most popular dinosaur movie of all time. Encounter life-size dinosaur animatronics repping just a few of the creatures ...

Thursday, March 28

NightLife Spotlight: Women in Science | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, March 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife Spotlight: Women in Science | California Academy of Sciences
Go ahead—ask her anything. NightLife celebrates National Women’s History Month with a spotlight on women in science from around the Bay Area, experts on everything from microbes to coral reefs and infectious diseases to rainforest ecosystems.

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