Nightlife at the California Academy

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Date(s) - Thu, Apr 12 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco

Explore the cosmos with a 3 part series in April examining all dimensions of Space – Past, Present and Future.

The future is now: Space Month continues with a night dedicated to the ideas of today that are propelling space exploration into tomorrow’s frontiers.

Lectures presented by Computer History Museum 

—–> Elizabeth Lopatto, Science Editor at The Verge, moderates two talks presented by Computer History Museum about private companies in the space business: Learn about asteroid mining and the world’s first commercial deep space exploration program with Chris Lewicki, CEO of Planetary Resources and YURI’S NIGHT Board Member. Learn about the opportunities and challenges of the private space race with Ron Goedendorp, VP of Space Opportunity at NanoRacks.

—–> Then, Look for extraterrestrial life with Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, an organization dedicated to the search for other technological civilizations. Always wanted to be an astronaut?

—–> See if you could cut it on the ISS by testing your knowledge with a round of space-themed trivia with Brainstormer.

—–> At the Project Lab, get the latest on NASA’s Kepler Mission and the Kepler space telescope, launched into space and designed to survey the Milky Way in search of new planets.

—–> Learn about the ways you can cultivate your own astronomical habit with the Robert Ferguson Observatory, Northern California’s most active public observatory. Get a crash course in the history of space flight in the Morrison Planetarium, followed by an up-close and personal look at asteroids, comets, and the cosmic origins of our universe in Incoming!.



  • Hurry! Last entry for our 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 cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.




  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy CafeThe Terrace Bar and Restaurant, 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.