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California Academy of Sciences NightLife

Nightlife San Francisco
$15
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 a private reception with 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.

Upgrade to VIP Tour:

  • Express entry into the Academy and access to NightLife event
  • 30-minute private reception with cocktails (served from 6-6:30pm)
  • A one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour with private viewing of the Vault—home to highlights of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection
  • Interactions with Academy researchers in the Project Lab
  • VIP access to the Osher Rainforest 
  • A reserved pass for the 8:30 pm Planetarium show (show ends at approximately 9:05pm)
  • Note: the rainforest closes at 7:45pm

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Exploratorium Admission: Thursday Evening Happy Hour

Nightlife San Francisco
$20

Things Look Different After Dark. See for Yourself. Thursdays After Dark.
6-10pm every Thursday night at the Exploratorium. Adults-only (18+).

Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art and science. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in everything from a pitch-black dome, to a fog bridge, large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors and more. Or savor adults-only programming: featuring unique guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films and one-of-a-kind activities. It'll change how you think about the world around you. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself.

 The Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 on San Francisco's Embarcadero – just minutes away from the Embarcadero BART Station, Pier 39 and the Ferry Building.

Expand your mind by exploring the hundreds of interactive machines, contraptions and artworks at San Francisco's Exploratorium, a quick 10-minute walk from the Ferry Building and a 15-minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf. Head down on any Thursday at 6pm for the wildly popular After Dark event, when the museum stays open until 10pm for a full evening of adults indulging their curiosity about science and art. Each night revolves around a different theme. The Exploratorium is an intellectual playground for adults — part art gallery, part museum, part laboratory with a dash of party thrown in the mix.

Work your way through diverse exhibits that explore cutting-edge technology, while a DJ spins music. Sip on cocktails (own expense) as you mingle with people and discuss the thought-provoking displays. Watch new exhibits be crafted right before your eyes in the Machine Shop and get hands-on experience in the expanded Tinkering Studio. The particular installations and performances vary each evening, but all attract a crowd as diverse as the exhibits, from scientists to musicians to fashion designers and computer programmers.

Learn about how people interpret their surroundings in the West Gallery and don't miss the installations that surround the beautiful waterfront building and form the Outdoor Gallery. Examine life at different scales, from tiny microbes to interconnected ecosystems, in the East Gallery. Then indulge in tasty appetizers and take in the spectacular bay view through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the SeaGlass Restaurant (own expense), a perfect way to cap off the evening.