• Two people raise their glasses while sitting next to the Philippine Coral Reef tank
    Sips and science...
  • Group of people clinking glasses with colorful cocktails
    Creatures and cocktails...
  • The Living Roof lit up in red at night
    Experience NightLife with VIP access!

NightLife VIP Experiences (21+ with ID) are offered every Thursday. Prices vary by date. Please arrive between 6-7 pm.

VIP guests will enjoy an amplified evening with access to a private exhibit area with 2 free drinks and light bites surrounded by dazzling geology specimens. Receive expedited entry to some of the Academy's most popular exhibits, treat yourself with discounts on dining and shopping, and sit back and relax in a planetarium show. 

What's included

Each Nightlife VIP Experience ticket includes event admission, plus:

  • 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
  • Reservations to a planetarium show
  • Private VIP Bar and Exhibit
  • VIP entrance to Shake House earthquake simulator
  • 10% discount at the Café and retail stores
  • Digital scavenger hunt of the Academy's exhibits 

Ticket price:

  • Ticket prices vary by date—buy in advance for the best deal!

  • Group rates available for 21 or more guests; please contact us to book

Nightlife VIP Experience guests must be 21+ with valid, physical photo ID to enter. 


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 visit date. If you are booking a group within 30 days of your visit date, full payment is due at the time of booking. Cancellations occurring 30 days or more prior to visit date will receive a full refund minus the deposit.

Contact us
Have questions about the Academy? We're here to help.  
(415) 379-8000
Rent a Private Lounge
For groups of 50 or more, the NightLife Private Lounge is your exclusive oasis amid the action, featuring catering, bar service, and early access to the wildest event in town. Contact our Facility Rentals team for more information.