Visitors explore the Living Roof during NightLife.

Book your NightLife VIP tour today!

If you're looking for an exclusive experience during our weekly NightLife event, join us on the NightLife VIP Tour. Sparkling gems, an open bar, express entry, reserved planetarium seats, and your own private area to mingle before your tour—who could ask for more?

Every Thursday night, the Academy transforms into San Francisco's most popular cultural night spot—a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, creatures, and cocktails—as visitors ages 21 and older get a chance to explore the museum after dark. Each weekly installment features something new and different.

What's Included

Each NightLife VIP Tour ticket includes:

  • Express entry into the Academy and access to NightLife event
  • Open bar and snacks in a reserved cocktail area prior to tour
  • A one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour with private viewing of the Vault—home to highlights of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection
  • Interactions with Academy researchers in the Project Lab
  • VIP access to the Osher Rainforest 
  • A reserved pass for the 8:30 pm Planetarium show

Ticket costs:

  • $59/person, with limited tickets available each week
  • Group rates available for 10 or more guests

Tour duration:
6–7:30 pm; NightLife event ends at 10 pm
6:45–8:15 pm; NightLife event ends at 10 pm

Please note: Guests must be 21 years of age or older; ID is required for entry. Nightlife VIP Tours have a capacity of 60 guests for the 6-7:30 pm time slot and 30 guests for the 6:45-8:15 pm time slot. The 6:45 time slot may not always be available at each Nightlife event.

VIP Tour Schedule

6–7:30 pm

  • Arrive at 6 pm and enter through the Membership entrance. Meet at VIP check-in inside the lobby to receive your tour badge and further instructions
  • Open bar and snacks begin at 6 pm
  • Tour leaves promptly at 6:30 pm
  • Redeem reserved planetarium passes at 8:30 pm (show ends at approximately 9:05 pm)
  • Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Café post-tour

6:45–8:15 pm

  • Arrive 6–6:45 pm and enter through the Membership entrance. Meet at VIP check-in inside the lobby to receive your tour badge and further instructions
  • Open bar and snacks begin at 6:45 pm
  • Tour leaves promptly at 7:15 pm
  • Redeem reserved planetarium passes at 8:30 pm (show ends at approximately 9:05 pm)
  • Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Café post-tour

Additional notes:
The open bar is available only prior to the tour for guests’ designated time slot. Those attending the 6:45 time slot may enter the museum at 6 pm, but must wait until 6:45 to have access to the VIP Tour area.

The rainforest closes at 7:45. Those wishing to visit that area must do so before that time.

All VIP guests have reserved seats for the 8:30 Planetarium show. Those attending the 6:45-8:15 VIP Tour should plan to head immediately to the Planetarium after the tour if they wish to see the 8:30 show.

​Parking: Because parking can be difficult on busy days, we strongly encourage public transportation or drop-off. Please allow plenty of extra time for traffic, parking, and arrival.

A 50% nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve group tickets of 10 or more. Your total balance is due 30 days prior to your tour date. If you are booking a tour within 30 days of your tour date, full payment is due at the time of booking. Cancellations occurring 30 days or more prior to tour date will receive a full refund minus the deposit.

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NightLife Private Lounge

NightLife Private Lounge

Looking for a great space to celebrate with your friends? Rent out the NightLife Private Lounge for early entry to a premium private room featuring catering, bar service, and access to our Thursday NightLife event. For more information, contact the Facility Rentals team at spevents@calacademy.org or 415.379.5499.