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Tickets on sale now!

Party After Dark
Thursday, April 25 | 8:30 pm – midnight
For adults 21+ | Dress to impress

Join the Hive for a free Party After Dark ticket and unlimited museum and NightLife admission all year long.

Super Early Bird Tickets: $85, SOLD OUT
Early Bird Tickets: $100, SOLD OUT
General Admission: $125
Bundle (12 tickets): $1,000

VIP Tickets: $175
VIP Bottle Service Table (10 tickets): $2,500, only 2 tables left!

The sun goes down, the beats come on, the drinks start flowing, and the creatures of the night come out. Join us for an evening of revelry under our living roof with headliner St. Vicious a/k/a St. Vincent (DJ Set), bites and cocktails, a VIP Lounge, an all-new dinosaur experience in our East Garden, our rare Galápagos collections, a silent disco in Steinhart Aquarium, and many more surprises!

The Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark support the Academy and its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life with 1.5 million visitors each year, and millions more online. Learn more.


St. Vicious a/k/a St. Vincent (DJ Set)

St. Vicious a/k/a St. Vincent (DJ Set)

We are proud to welcome St. Vicious a/k/a St. Vincent to the Party After Dark main stage! St. Vicious is the DJ alias of St. Vincent. Her DJ skills are part of a prodigious arsenal that has won St. Vincent the 2014 GRAMMY Award for Best Alternative Album (for her self-titled fourth album), as well as Top 10 U.S./UK chart positions for 2017’s MASSEDUCTION. In addition to deejaying, recording and performing, St. Vincent has directed the short horror film The Birthday Party and has released her signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.

Daniela V. Fernandez

A Conversation with Daniela Fernandez

Step inside the Academy's Morrison Planetarium as Daniela Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, joins Party After Dark for a lively conversation about entrepreneurial mentality, ocean innovation and technology, youth empowerment, and blockchain for social good.

Party After Dark guests enjoy the VIP Lounge

VIP Lounge

Amplify your evening in our VIP Lounge! Featuring fresh beats provided by Juanita MORE!, exclusive cocktails, massage therapy and private bottle service tables.

Couple kissing in the aquarium silent disco at Party After Dark

Silent Disco in the Aquarium

Get your groove on surrounded by thousands of colorful tropical fish, jellies, and other reef creatures at a silent disco in Steinhart Aquarium.

Dino Days Festival

Get Lost on "Dino Island"

Sink your teeth into prehistoric fun as dinosaurs and ancient plants spring to life in the Academy’s East Garden, complete with Mesozoic munchies, Cretaceous cocktails, and Triassic activities to transport you to a time long ago.

More surprises to be announced—check back soon!


The Hive

Hive members celebrate at Party After Dark

Skip the line: Hive members receive expedited entry to the event.

Join The Hive, the Academy’s group for science enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, and receive a complimentary ticket and expedited entry to Party After Dark! 

Party After Dark is generously supported by

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Join The Hive

Science + Social. The Academy’s exclusive donor group for individuals in their 20s and 30s. Become a member of The Hive today and receive a free ticket to the Party After Dark and special access to our VIP experience!


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