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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 making your way inside, enjoy a lively venue of music, provocative science, and exhibits. The optional Nightlife VIP Tour upgrade gives you a 30-minute private reception with cocktails (your first two are on the house) before your 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. Your ticket also includes a reserved pass for the planetarium show.
  • After-hours entry to the California Academy of Sciences
  • A chance to explore the Academy of Sciences without children present
  • 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour
  • Option to upgrade to the VIP Experience
Come find out why Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences is the hottest event on everyone's social calendar. Upon arrival, 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 30-minute private reception with cocktails to the start of your 1-hour guided tour.

Upgrade to VIP Tour:
  • Entry to the Academy of Sciences and access to NightLife event
  • 30-minute private reception and two complimentary cocktails per guest prior to tour (served from 6-6:30pm)
  • Complimentary light bites
  • A 1-hour, behind-the-scenes tour with private viewing of the Vault—home to highlights of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection
  • Interactions with Academy researchers in the Project Lab
  • VIP access to the Osher Rain Forest 
  • A reserved pass for the 8:30 pm planetarium show (show ends at approximately 9:05pm)
  • Note: the rainforest closes at 7:45pm


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Aug 2018

Really fun way to get to know the place as a visitor, and blend in the local night life.
Ejoyed the place the music and learned couple new things. Also great way to get the most from, San Francisco.
You can experience the typical places during the daylight, and hit the CAS enjoying it with lights and drinks.

, May 2018

Great night, very interesting and much better to have the VIP experience

, Mar 2018

This was a fun experience. They offered some fun presentations and great drinks at the bars. It was nice to be surrounded by fellow “adults” for more “adult” time to explore the museum. They also played fun music in the background. Buy planetarium tickets early because they sell out quickly.

, Aug 2017

SO AMAZING!!! We recommend!!!

, Aug 2017

This tour was amazing!

, Aug 2017

This was an amazing place. After hours was great. The behind the scenes tour was wonderful too!

, Jun 2017

This tour was amazing!

, Jun 2017

This tour was amazing!

, May 2017

The C.A.S NightLife VIP is the best way to see this Living Document of Science. Short- to no lines, free drinks and great sandwiches and a very special guided tour with fun people. You don't want to miss this Science class like you skipped in High School. BUS 37r takes you right to the entrance and there is a stop across the street to take you back. Get the City Pass.....BO

, Aug 2016

This was a fun evening. Spend the extra 20 for the VIP ticket. You get a one hour open bar and go the the head of the line to get into the rain forest and the planetarium and earthquake exhibit. The place was packed and avoiding the lines was worth the extra money. Hip. young crowd, DJ. live music, what's not to like? This is worth doing on the Thursday night that they offer the Night at the Museum.

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