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  • nightlife attendees talking and laughing

Calling all creatures of the night: reserve your NightLife tickets in advance and see what’s revealed once the sun goes down. Reconnect with favorite faces (we’re looking at you, Claude!) while exploring new and familiar spaces. With nearly 40,000 live animals, an aquarium, planetarium, and four-story indoor rainforest—plus food and drink available for purchase—your night is sure to be wild. For adults 21+.

Can’t attend in person? NightSchool is still in session! Join us virtually via YouTube or Facebook for an eclectic mix of science and culture. Streaming live monthly (and available as recordings afterwards) on the Academy’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Ticketed museum events

March 30th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals.

April 6th at 6:00 pm

Make room for ‘shrooms because fungi are taking over! Enter the world of mycology at this annual NightLife fave.

April 13th at 6:00 pm

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

April 20th at 6:00 pm

It’s 4/20, you know what that means: let’s get stoned…by celebrating geology! Wait, what were you thinking?

Free virtual events

Close-up of layers of sediment taken as a core from the Earth
April 20th at 7:00 pm

Ice, soil, wood, diatomaceous deep-sea sediment — we're digging deep and returning with cores.

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