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NightLife at California Academy of Sciences

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Enjoy a night of music, creatures, and cocktails at the California Academy of Sciences with your friends. Partake in new themed events every Thursday night and indulge in drinks, science and visual extravaganza at the Academy.

Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences Highlights

  • Explore the California Academy of Sciences at night and take it the exhibits at the unique themed events.
  • Learn more about science and its wonder as you walk through the exhibitions.
  • Meet like-minded people and enjoy the music, liquor, and food at the venue.
  • See the unique illustrations of the animals after dark by Bay Area artist Nigel Sussman.
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Your Nightlife Experience

Step into the California Academy of Sciences and discover a world of scientific delights. Explore the unique institution that’s dedicated to exploring, explaining and sustaining life on Earth. The institute is also the only one in the world which has an aquarium, a planetarium, and a natural history museum all under the same roof.

Indulge in an evening of celebration of life and science. Take in the vibrant artworks of Nigel Sussman whose illustrations invite the views to let their imagination runs wild. From dancing penguins to an octopus bartender, Nigel captures the interaction among the museum’s live animals, immersive exhibits and the incredible architecture in the best possible way. Enjoy the drinks and food at the venue as you learn more about science and nature in this immersive, thrilling experience.

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Know Before You Go

  • Last entry to the Rainforest Dome is at 7:45 pm. No drinks are allowed inside this exhibit.
  • This event is only for individuals above 21 years of age.
  • Please carry a valid photo ID.
  • Timings: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • A different theme event happens every week so no two weeks are the same.
  • Dining: A variety of food options are available at Nightlife from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart.
  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend you plan your visit accordingly as these tickets do sell out quickly.
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Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be allowed once booking is confirmed.

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