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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

California Academy of Sciences NightLife

Come find out why Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences is the hottest event on everyone's social calendar! As the sun goes down, this famous San Francisco museum is transformed into a lively venue filled with music, provocative science and exhibits! Choose to enjoy unlimited cocktails prior to your behind-the-scenes tour with an optional Nightlife VIP Tour upgrade. Reserve your tickets now and get ready for an educated and fun evening at the Academy! And to make it as easy as possible, this ticket includes instant access, meaning you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher — just present it right at the California Academy of Science's entrance and be on your way.


  • 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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California Academy of Sciences NightLife

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Science goes sexy! Come see what happens when science and the San Francisco nightlife scene converge. This is the perfect, child-free way to explore the museum after hours. Upon arrival at the Academy, you'll receive express entry into the museum. Mingle with friends, enjoy drinks at the bar with upbeat music and simply relax as the world around you transforms into a nightlife scene you've never witnessed before! Alternatively, select the VIP Tour Upgrade with Cocktails option at time of booking and you'll gain access to the reserved bar area for unlimited cocktails prior to the commencement of your guided tour.

Join a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour, with a private viewing of some of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection. Learn all about the various exhibits and animals, interact with some of the Academy's scientists and discover fun facts about our planet's diversity and biology.

Then you're on your own to explore the Academy at your leisure! Head over to Penguin Hall, hang out with Claude the albino alligator and gain VIP access to the four-story rainforest! 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.

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 P

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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