In response to the latest guidelines and information from local and state public health authorities, we have decided to close the Academy to the public, effective today, March 12, at 5:00 pm. This includes tonight's NightLife event and all others through the end of March. For the latest updates from the Academy, please visit

NightLife shrinks you down to size with a garden party full of animatronic scorpions, spiders, ants, and more to kick-off the opening of our new exhibit, Venom.


  • Enjoy an outdoor bar while posing with a 40-foot Mexican red-knee tarantula or climbing on a massive seven-spotted lady beetle.
  • Get up close (but not too close, of course) with an array of venomous species including live spiders, scorpions, jellyfish, snakes, and more.
  • Know the difference between poison and venom? You will by the end of the night, as Academy scientists show off some of the most toxic specimens from our scientific collections—including California reptiles and amphibians, venomous invertebrates, and toxic plants. (Here’s your chance to learn the easy way to identify poison oak.)

Music by Starfari (DJ set)



  • 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.



  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $5 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!



  • 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.


Upcoming NightLife Events

March 26th at 6:00 pm

bet36体育在线真的吗Come face-to-fang (safely, of course) with spiders, leeches, & more as NightLife celebrates our newest exhibit.

April 9th at 6:00 pm

You’re invited to have the time of your life at NightLife’s annual "Under the Sea" prom!