• Guests enjoying NightLife VIP Experience on the Living Roof
  • Image of the Living Roof
  • An exclusive peek into the Gem and Mineral Vault
  • Gain early access to the Osher Rainforest reservations!

NightLife VIP Experiences (21+ with ID) are offered at 6 and 6:30 pm during Thursday NightLife events. Prices vary by date and entry time. Please visit our Buy Tickets page and click "NightLife VIP Experience" to purchase.

VIP guests will enjoy a private rooftop bar atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof to explore native plants, enjoy eye-popping views, and learn about the building’s impressive feats of green engineering. Marvel at the wonders of the Gem and Mineral Vault during a private viewing, enjoy your second cocktail at your leisure in the beautiful East or West Garden and then complete the evening with reserved planetarium seating. Masks will be required indoors and when not actively eating or drinking.

What's included

Each NightLife VIP Experience ticket includes event admission, plus:

  • 30-minute Rooftop VIP Lounge
  • 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
  • Reserved planetarium seating
  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of scientific collection rooms and the Gem and Mineral Vault
  • 10% discount at the Café and retail stores

Ticket price:

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

  • Group rates available for 10 or more guests; discount applied after adding tickets to cart

Please note: Nightlife VIP Experience guests must be 21+ with valid ID to enter. Each Experience has a capacity of 25 guests.


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.


Contact us
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(415) 379-8000
Rent a Private Lounge
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.       
(415) 379-5499