55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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10:00 – 11:00 am

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What our Visitors Say


Nightlife has always been a very entertaining and new experience everytime I have been. Whether from the crazy Dinosaur Burlesque show to seeing Fitz & The Tantrums at the Nightlife Gala I never know.

- Zanni D.

We bring our almost two year old there. Honestly I think we enjoy it more than he does!

- Amanda M.

The rainforest transports you to a different place. The sounds, smells, and temperature changes immerse you in the experience of a lifetime. We enjoy the experience each and every time we visit!

- Laura S.

A great experience for the whole family. You can't miss the rainforest and the aquarium. Educational and fun.

- Elaine Y.

I work in science education and love the authenticity of the exhibits and the opportunities for hands-on learning. Could spend an entire day just in the massive aquarium.

- Madeline H.

The Academy of Sciences is a treat not to be missed. It's a wonderful way to explore and understand our world.

- John H.

From hands-on experiences, to informative talks, to feeding penguins, to traveling among the stars in the planetarium, it's all wonderfully amazing.

- John H.

There is something for everyone at the Academy. We enjoy the Planetarium, Rainforest and many of the interactive displays.

- Cristi W.

The Academy is one of the nation's important places. I learn, explore and understand. It's science, education, community, appreciation, joy.

- Michael A.

I love the interactive exhibits as well as all the educational opportunities. This is one of my very favorite places to visit.

- Mimi K.

We love everything. Things are always changing, so there's always something new to see.

- Deb T.

I've been visiting the academy for 45 years (since I was in kindergarden) and continue to marvel at the amazing things I find each time I'm there.

- Michael A.

Over the years, I've brought my nieces and nephews to the Academy. I love witnessing their excitement to discover something new and interesting.

- Michael A.

The Academy's overall theme of protecting our fragile planet has made them a great messenger.

- Michael A.

Last time I visited, I touched a rock that used to be in the sky. Oh, the radical things visitors can see and explore at the Academy!

- Vanessa C.

As a member with a small child, we visit regularly and concentrate a few areas. Each time, the experience is fresh, exciting, and different!

- Clare K.

Love it at the Academy! My family has a membership and we go at least once a month and always discover something new.

- Felicia G.

We love the member benefits—10% discount in the cafe, early entrance on Sundays, and holiday night.

- Felicia G.

The Academy is a wonderland for the senses—a visual treat with tremendous educational value for all ages. Tops my list of places to take visitors.

- Nancy K.

My daughter loves the Academy. It's the only museum she really wants to visit! I love seeing her so engaged. Our membership is worth every penny!

- Suzanne S.

Amazing smiles on children and adults alike. The smile factor has no age limit. I am proud to be a member and look forward to bringing my future grandchildren.

- C. Shortley

Our family loves everything about the Academy, including the tasty cafeteria. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. It's magical!

- Ket S.

My young son and I frequently visit during the early members-only hour on Tuesday mornings. He’s growing up with the Academy playing a vital role in his development.

- Jen F.

As family members, we were able to spend as little or as much time as we wanted. Always something new to discover with each visit.

- Nina S.

The exhibits are beautifully maintained. Our NightLife visit included a back-of-the-scenes tour. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

- Nina S.

I have been going there since I was a kid. Took my daughter was she was a child and now take my granddaughters. So, three generations, two memberships and still going strong!

- Barbara M.

I love the Academy! From the Planetarium to the Aquarium to the Earthquake exhibit, there is something for everyone. It is well worth the membership!

- Michelle R.

I cannot convey how special the Academy is to me and my family. The memories it holds from my own childhood and now with my own kids are beyond compare!

- Ali I.

I didn't know what to expect and you all blew me away!

- Courtney H.

Words can not describe it - you have to be there to feel it.

- Zoubeir

NightLife is great! Fun and informational events, delicious drinks, good music and great company has been my experience thus far.

- Michael A.

At NightLife, I get a kick out of seeing adults experiment with the exhibits. I've been many times and still have not seen everything. Planetarium is up next!

- Michael A.

The Academy is one of those places that gives you both an educational and entertaining experience and the NightLife is such a fun event!

- Barbara C.

I always recommend the museum to friends who are locals and also to out-of-towners.

- Barbara C.

I love NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences because no matter how many times I go, I always find something new to learn.

- Gaby B.

Visited on a Thursday night and did the VIP package. Nice to have a private group tour with a separate area for food and beverage and express entrance to the Planetarium.

- Bill K.

NightLife really is the coolest place in town on Thursdays. Great place to take first dates, groups of friends and out-of-towners.

- Kelly B.

Great integration of music, lighting, ability to visit all exhibits and planetarium. Fun with friends. Simply amazing! Thank you!

- Mario L.

The crowd is happy, fun, no-drama type people. You get good food, good drinks, and great DJ's. If you want to go out and have real fun, this is the place to do it.

- Tracey M.

NightLife is the best thnig going on in the city. You have interesting and unique experiences with every visit.

- Tracey M.



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