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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm.
Looking for an exclusive experience during our weekly NightLife event? Join us on a NightLife VIP Tour! Enjoy a 30-minute private reception with cocktails (first two are on us!) and light bites before setting out on a behind-the-scenes tour featuring our sparkling gem vault, a stop inside our scientific collections, and more. NightLife VIP Tour guests also enjoy reserved planetarium seats. Upgrade today!
Every Thursday night, the Academy transforms into San Francisco's most popular cultural night spot—a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, creatures, and cocktails—as visitors ages 21 and older get a chance to explore the museum after dark. Each weekly installment features something new and different.
Each NightLife VIP Tour ticket includes event admission and:
VIP Lounge and Tour duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes; NightLife event ends at 10 pm
Please note: Guests must be 21 years of age or older; ID is required for entry. Nightlife VIP Tours have a capacity of 50 guests for the 6-7:15 pm time slot and 25 guests for the 6:45-8 pm time slot. The 6:45 time slot may not always be available at each Nightlife event.
Additional notes: The two complimentary drinks are available only prior to the tour for guests’ designated time slot. Those attending the 6:45 time slot may enter the museum at 6 pm, but must wait until 6:45 to have access to the VIP Tour area.
All VIP guests have reserved seats for the 8:30 planetarium show. Those attending the 6:45-8 pm VIP Tour should plan to head immediately to the planetarium after the tour if they wish to see the 8:30 show.
Parking: Because parking can be difficult on busy days, we strongly encourage public transportation or drop-off. Please allow plenty of extra time for traffic, parking, and arrival.
A 50% nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve group tickets of 10 or more. Your total balance is due 30 days prior to your tour date. If you are booking a tour within 30 days of your tour date, full payment is due at the time of booking. Cancellations occurring 30 days or more prior to tour date will receive a full refund minus the deposit.