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California Academy of Sciences NightLife

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5072NIGHT
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!
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.

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Departure Point:
California Academy of Sciences
Departure Time:
6pm prompt
Return Details:
Concludes at 10pm prompt

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General Admission Ticket

Skip the line entry and NightLife general admission ticket

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VIP Evening Tour + Cocktails

Skip the line entry and NightLife general admission ticket, including open bar prior to your tour

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California Academy of Sciences NightLife

California Academy of Sciences

Nightlife General Admission:
  • Admission ticket
  • Nightlife music and entertainment - program changes weekly
  • All exhibits and shows (subject to availability)
Nightlife VIP Tour:
  • Admission ticket
  • Open bar prior to your tour
  • Reserved seating at 8:30pm planetarium show
  • VIP access into rainforest
  • 1-hour behind the scenes tour
Nightlife General Admission:
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase, cash bars)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Nightlife VIP Tour:
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) after your tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 21 years, valid picture ID required at check-in, no exceptions
  • Passes to special exhibits are handed out daily on a first come first serve basis
  • Wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available at the Coat Check on a first come, first served basis
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Allison P, 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.

Reviewed by: liz, December 2013

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

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Tour code: 5072NIGHT