• GIF of alligator, jellyfish, colorful tropical fish
  • Rainforest exterior
  • Masked guest comes eye to eye with an orange fish in the California Coast habitat at the Academy
  • Trex
  • Claude
  • mantis shrimp
  • Rainforest
  • 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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NightLife is 6-10 pm every Thursday 
21+ with ID
Prices vary; planetarium passes $5

For guaranteed availability, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Last rainforest entry is 7:30 pm. Proof of full vaccination OR negative test within 48 hours required; boosters and masks strongly encouraged but not required. Learn more

 

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

August 11th at 6:00 pm

Power down, turn up. You're now entering a phone-free zone with an experimental night dedicated to life offline.

August 18th at 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening dedicated to the inspiring intersections of science and art.

August 25th at 6:00 pm

From fossil-inspired Pokémon to classic games & a Super Smash Bros. tournament, this NightLife it’s Game On.

September 1st at 6:00 pm

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

Free virtual events

August 18th at 7:00 pm

How do animals navigate the world around them?

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