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Tour code: 5072NIGHT
Pair science with San Francisco nightlife, and you have Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. This is the perfect, child-free way to explore the museum after hours. After zipping inside with fast-track entry, enjoy a lively venue of music, provocative science and exhibits. The optional Nightlife VIP Tour upgrade gives you bottomless drinks before your 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. Your ticket also includes a reserved pass for the Planetarium Show.


  • Skip the line entry into California Academy of Sciences, after hours
  • Open bar at a reserved cocktails area prior to your tour
  • 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour
  • VIP access to the 4-story rain forest
  • Reserved pass for the 8:30pm Planetarium show
  • Instant-access ticket means no waiting in line at a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher

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What You Can Expect

California Academy of Sciences NightLife

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Come find out why Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences is the hottest event on everyone's social calendar! Upon arrival at the Academy, you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher — just present your ticket right at the entrance and head straight inside. Savor drinks at the bar, chat it up with friends and marvel at the novel nightlife scene with pulsing music.

During a 1-hour guided tour, learn all about the exhibits and animals, meet some of the Academy's scientists and discover fun facts about our planet's diversity and biology. Enjoy a private viewing of some of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection.

Then, wander around the Academy on your own. Check out Claude the albino alligator, head over to the Penguin Hall and gain VIP access to the 4-story rain forest. During this time, there will be food and additional cocktails available for purchase. Your ticket also includes a reserved pass for the 8:30pm Planetarium Show.

Alternatively, select the VIP Tour Upgrade with Cocktails option at time of booking and mosey over the reserved bar area for unlimited cocktails prior to the start of your 1-hour guided tour.

Customer Reviews

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

amazing place and V.I.P. trip well worth the extra cost.

Tabra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We loved our time here! Only regret was not getting the VIP passes but still got to see just about all of what we went to see.

Allison M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had so much fun. On a arrival we found DJ playing a rather but fun mix of eclectic music. We loved the Penguins, the free planetarium show and the aquarium. We also had dinner there in the café which tasty and great value. Throughout the evening there seemed to be lots of fun activities going on as we heard announcements about both salsa and belly dancing classes about to begin, we didn't join in as we didn't have time. We left about 9pm as it got very busy at this time.

Top tip: All persons must carry photo id on this trip to prove they are over 21 as they will be asked for it prior to entry.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Don't miss the planetarium. It's a jaw-dropping experience.

Katie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Really fun! Plan what you want to see in advance and go for the most popular things first e.g Rainforest and Earthquake sim. Music wasn't to my taste at all but other than that a great evening!

Bonnie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This is the best way to see the museum.

Laura All Over USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

If you're in San Francisco on a Thursday evening, don't miss Nightlife! Not only are there activities and drinks, it's also a totally different and unique experience to be in the museum after dark. We went during the holiday season and got to make reindeer antlers (there were also several other crafts), tried a bunch of Ghirardelli chocolate, saw real reindeer, watched the jellyfish float around their aquariums, and looked through a telescope on the roof. Whether you live in SF and want to try something new or you're just visiting, I'd highly recommend Nightlife!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I love Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences! The nighttime experience is great fun since there are djs, food and drinks, and no children. The night I went, they were hosting a Christmas themed event, so I got to make reindeer antlers, take photos in a photo booth and even meet some real reindeer! The aquarium part is also really fun because there are a lot of really cool creatures to see. And up on the living roof, they had a telescope set up to see Jupiter!

Isamara U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

My husband and I spent one day of our honeymoon exploring San Francisco before heading to Puerto Vallarta. We had a great time and the NightLife at academy of sciences was the perfect final stop of a perfect day.

Diana R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Mind blowing!a must do.

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