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.
The night visit to the California Academy of Sciences was something different from the usual visit to the museum. The crowd was obviously more interested in the drinks, but opening up the museum beyond the usual working hours meant that you get most of the day to do other interesting things in SF before going to visit this museum. The museum is huge, very different from other natural history museum. Definitely worth a visit.
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
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.
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!
Laura All Over USA
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!
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!
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.
First of all being VIP was cool with our own private reception of free cocktails and finger sandwiches. Plenty of both . Behind the scenes tour of the gem vault and the the taxidermy lab. Cool. Then to be first into the Planetarium and the other lines was flawless. Only way to do it. The other perk was parking was so easy on the street, all other visitors were leaving when we were arriving.
If you are on Thursday in San Francisco just go there and enjoy!!
Amazing tour,so much was happening there we ran out of time. Only negative thing was the planetarium, it was about the earthquakes and nothing else. If we had know we would have skipped it. Great cocktails too
Good place to go for a Thursday night with a difference planetarium was amazing as was the academy of science
It was a pretty amazing experience. I haven't stopped talking about it and have recommended my friends check it out for themselves! It was fun, informational and very entertaining.
The California Academy of Sciences NightLife was awesome. We enjoyed the V.I.P. cocktail hour and the1 hour behind the scenes tour along with the VIP access to the four story rainforest.
WOW! This place is AMAZING! And what a deal to go for the Thursday "Night Life"! Over half off, and you still get to see all the cool stuff! I wish we had something like this here back home. What a trip to remember!
The California Academy of Sciences Nightlife event was awesome! I headed to the museum right after work and met up with a bunch of friends. The night was relaxing and educational! My favorite part was the rainforest in the middle of the museum. The seaweed sea horses were also magnificent. It was great to be at the museum without a bunch of kids around and the DJ was great!
Excellent tour behind the scenes of the CAS, also the Rain Forest, was able to use the telescopes on rooftop too.
Great attraction. Make sure you get there as early as you can as there isn't enough time after the tour to see everything as well as the planetarium show.
the ticket situation was confusing, we had to exchange at the ticket booth. the line to get in was very long in the cold having tickets didn't help
I’m a huge Science Nerd, so I expected to love the California Academy of Sciences, but really – only California can make an Academy of Sciences so *Cool*. There was a DJ, and a live Band, and I took the VIP + Cocktails Tour, which meant open bar privileges. Trust me - you want the VIP Pass – even if you don’t drink. The ability to skip the lines into the 4 story Rainforest, and the Planetarium are well worth it. Not to mention that you get to see this beautiful climate controlled gem room, and go behind the closed doors to talk to the Scientists who are working while Nightlife is going on. There were many jealous looks as my friend and I bypassed what had to be an hour long line to get preferred seating in the Planetarium! We went on the third Thursday of the month, which we were told was a special night in the Planetarium. Every third Thursday, the California Academy of Sciences does a review of the new Astronomy finds that week in Science. It was excellent to see something that wasn’t the standard walk-thru of the planets and solar system. The MC for the Planetarium talked about all sorts of interesting things, like the effect of the Solar Winds on the Magnetic field of Earth, and how we would appear to Aliens, if they happened to see our transmissions. It was all really great, and we caught the last show, which meant it was kind of the final thing we did that night. It turned out to be the perfect ending to a really great night.
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