Get your tickets faster

4.7 rating 4.7
Use app

California Academy of Sciences: Nightlife Ticket

Embrace the unexpected with an evening full of music, creatures, and cocktails

Start time: 18:00
Duration: 4h
Wheelchair accessible The Academy is fully wheelchair accessible, welcoming manual and electric wheelchairs.
Provider: California Academy of Sciences
Registered address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, 94118, San Francisco, US
Contact details

Reach out to the Tiqets Help Center, we act as a contact on behalf of the activity supplier

Unique after-hours access to all the Academy's exhibits
Special talks, demonstrations, and performances
Live music and DJs
Food and drinks

Landmarks you'll see

  • Golden Gate Park

Add a little extra in the checkout to make the most of your visit

The NightLife Plus offers an enhanced evening out: Two free cocktails and snacks, a reservations for a planetarium show, private bar and exhibit, skip-the-line access to Osher Rainforest, an exclusive short guided tour of the Academy's research collections, 10% off at the Café and retail shops, and a digital scavenger hunt in the Academy's exhibits.

  • Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails, every Thursday night at this 21+ only event (ID required for entry)
  • Groove to San Francisco's best DJs and performers
  • Be dazzled by the aquarium, rainforest, and planetarium – all exhibits are open late and included with your ticket along with special performances and talks

Explore the nocturnal side of the California Academy of Sciences, the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Experience these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event, and sip on wine, beer, or a unique specialty cocktail available for purchase at bars throughout the museum.

Get the party started with cool science and new unique themes every month. With live DJs, bars, ambiance lighting, and nearly 60,000 live animals (including familiar faces like Claude, our alligator with albinism), the night is sure to be wild.

Meet the newest African penguin chicks, Pogo and Ozzie, and the rest of the colony of playful penguins in African Hall. Catch the latest immersive show in the 75-foot planetarium, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, featuring different themes at varying times throughout the night. Step inside a lush, four-story rainforest teeming with life—from free-flying birds to exotic reptiles, amphibians, and more.

  • Present your ticket and valid photo ID for quick and easy entry
  • Last entry into the rainforest is 7:30 pm
  • Planetarium passes are not included with NightLife admission and are sold separately for $5 each
  • All food and drink must be enjoyed in the Academy Café or outdoors

Getting There

  • Streetcar: N-Judah Muni Metro (wheelchair-accessible) to 9th Avenue and Irving Street
  • Bus: Line 44 O'Shaughnessy to Tea Garden Drive, or Line 5 Fulton to 8th Avenue and Fulton Street
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
California Academy of Sciences
55,Music Concourse Drive, 94118, San Francisco
Open in Maps
  • Cancellation is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

Ratings & reviews

16 verified customer reviews

Customer images

3 reviews
Adalys,  United States United States
03 Feb 2024
I love it. We were unavailable to see the forest part because it closes at 7:30 so I recommend you see it before. We almost missed the aquarium on the bottom floor but I love it
NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
nora,  United States United States
11 Mar 2023
It was a wonderful experience! And the fact that they sold drinks and food made it more fun but everything was so enjoyable
NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
Natalia,  United States United States
05 Nov 2019
The music playing in different areas was awesome, the option to purchase drinks also pretty nice
NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

More ways to experience California Academy of Sciences