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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $15.00

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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.
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 Dates:
Departure Point:
California Academy of Sciences
Departure Time:
General admission:
  • 6pm
VIP admission:
  • 6pm – 7:30pm
4 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at 10pm prompt

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General Admission Ticket

Skip the line entry and NightLife general admission ticket

USD $15.00
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VIP Evening Tour + Cocktails

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

USD $59.00
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California Academy of Sciences NightLife

California Academy of Sciences

  • Admission ticket
  • Nightlife music and entertainment - program changes weekly
  • All exhibits and shows (subject to availability)
  • Open bar prior to your tour (if VIP option selected)
  • Reserved seating at 8:30pm planetarium show (if VIP option selected)
  • VIP access into rainforest (if VIP option selected)
  • 1-hour behind the scenes tour (if VIP option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase, cash bars)
  • VIP option: Alcoholic drinks after your tour (available to purchase)
  • 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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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: umbagr1, August 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.

Reviewed by: William Tanoto T, August 2016

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.