California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission
- 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
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.
For a more exclusive Thursday evening experience, choose the NightLife VIP Tour Upgrade. VIP tickets include admission to NightLife, a behind-the-scenes tour, 2 complimentary cocktails in a reserved area prior to the tour, VIP access to the rainforest, and a reserved pass for the 8:30 PM planetarium show.
- 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)
- Express entry into the Academy, rainforest exhibit, and planetarium (if VIP Tour Upgrade is selected)
- A 60-minute behind-the-scenes tour (if VIP Tour Upgrade is selected)
- A 30-minute private reception and two complimentary cocktails per guest (if VIP Tour Upgrade is selected)
- People under 21 years
Prepare for the activity
- Passport or ID card
- Flash photography
• No food or drink is allowed in the rainforest or planetarium
• Planetarium passes are on a first-come-first-served basis and are subject to availability. It's recommended to pick up your planetarium pass as soon as you arrive (note that if you book the VIP Tour Upgrade, your planetarium passes are already reserved)
• Last entry to the rainforest dome is at 7:45 PM
• NightLife is open every Thursday from 6 PM-10 PM
• Choose between the NightLife admission ticket or the VIP Tour Upgrade. The VIP Tour Upgrade includes an admission ticket, guaranteed and reserved entrance to the planetarium, as well as two complimentary cocktails and light bites