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  • Masked guest comes eye to eye with an orange fish in the California Coast habitat at the Academy
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  • Claude
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  • Sea nettle jellyfish glow orange at the California Academy of Sciences
  • A camouflaged scorpionfish rests in an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences
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Heads up! Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled visit is now required for all Academy guests ages 12+. View our vaccination policy and health and safety details here.

All NightLife guests must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. Members, please log in after adding tickets to your cart to receive your discount.

Please note that the last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep!

NightLife is 21+ with ID, from 6-10 pm.

Calling all creatures of the night: reserve your NightLife tickets in advance and see what’s revealed once the sun goes down. Reconnect with favorite faces (we’re looking at you, Claude!) while exploring new and familiar spaces. With nearly 40,000 live animals, two new exhibits, the iconic Shake House and four-story Rainforest, and outdoor dining beneath the stars the night is sure to be wild. For adults 21+.

Can’t attend in person? NightSchool is still in session! Join us virtually via YouTube or Facebook for an eclectic mix of science and culture. Streaming live monthly (and available as recordings afterwards) on the Academy’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

View upcoming ticketed NightLife events and free virtual NightSchool events below.

Ticketed museum events

October 28th at 6:00 pm

Get into costume and come ready to enjoy creepy science specimens, a costume contest, and Halloween drag show!

November 4th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

November 11th at 6:00 pm

Learn about all things luminous in a night of neon, including the science behind neon and the art it inspires.

November 18th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.

Free virtual events

November 4th at 7:00 pm

Bioluminescence experts shed light on the inner workings of nature’s glow, from land to sea.

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