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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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  • 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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Welcome back! 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 visit our reopening page for more information about ticketing, health and safety, exhibits, and FAQs.

Please note that the last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:45 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 on select Thursdays via YouTube or Facebook for an eclectic mix of science and culture. Streaming live (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

June 24th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night and celebrate SF Pride with pop-up performances featuring the Rice Rockettes!

July 8th at 6:00 pm

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

July 15th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.

July 22nd at 6:00 pm

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

Free virtual events

June 24th at 7:00 pm

Celebrate Pride Month with a NightSchool featuring scientists whose queer perspectives are driving new science.

July 1st at 7:00 pm

In nature, color is way more than just an aesthetic—learn how it affects the life cycles of countless species.

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Get to know our new livestream series, Breakfast Club and NightSchool, with a list of 10 viewer favorites from 2020.

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