Entry ticket

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

Entry ticket

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

From US$ 23 per person


Delight in an evening of provocative science, music, creatures, and cocktails during NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences every Thursday night.

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  • Enjoy music, creatures, cocktails, and a thought-provoking new theme every Thursday night at this 21+ only event
  • Sip a new seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar, designed by a resident mixologist
  • Explore the Academy's exhibits during NightLife — from the fish, snakes, corals, and other creatures in the aquarium to the dioramas of African Hall
  • Listen to top DJs and/or live music representing San Francisco’s most popular collectives, parties, festivals, and promoters
  • Experience the awe-inspiring planetarium show as you rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light
Full description
Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-natural history museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Enjoy all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe. Explore these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event, and sip on a beer, wine, or unique specialty cocktail available for purchase at the bars throughout the museum. Once in the museum, catch the latest spectacular digital planetarium show and rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light to the far reaches of the universe. Journey deep into the oceans of the world in the aquarium. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the albino alligator, and hang out with a South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies. Each week features a unique theme, blending fun with science in an informal social environment. Past highlights have included pop-up art galleries; science-themed comedy; sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations; and talks by notable figures like Buzz Aldrin. Academy scientists are also on-hand to discuss the “science love stories” behind their infatuations with spiders, sea slugs, parasites, and other fascinating topics. During summer months, the Academy presents NightLife LIVE, a music series featuring emerging bands and musicians live on an outdoor garden stage, cutting-edge art installations, and hands-on science demonstrations.
  • Entrance to the California Academy of Sciences NightLife event
  • Entrance to all current exhibits, including the rainforest, aquarium, and planetarium (planetarium seats are subject to availability)
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People under 21 years

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Meeting point

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Flash photography

Know before you go

  • You must be 21 years or older to attend NightLife
  • No food or drink is allowed in the rainforest or planetarium
  • Planetarium passes are required for planetarium shows during NightLife. Reserve your planetarium show passes (additional $5) in advance at tickets.calacademy.org/nlpl/ or by scanning the QR code in the lobby as soon as you arrive. Please note that reservations are first-come, first-served
  • Last entry into the rainforest dome is at 7:30 PM
  • All food and drink must be enjoyed in the Café or outdoors
  • NightLife is open every Thursday from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
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