From the specimen collections deep under the museum...
To the mysterious gem vault that's closed to the public...
Strange and wonderful surprises await tour guests...
(As well as a little fresh air.)
Go behind the scenes for an unforgettable Academy experience!
See the Academy in a whole new light—or with the lights out!—on one of our action-packed tours or Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers.
Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Explore the secrets of the world's greenest museum on this one-hour tour. Examine rare specimens in our collections, be dazzled in our private gem vault, and head off the beaten track atop our living roof.
Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Channel your inner marine biologist on this one-hour tour and learn how we maintain the world’s deepest indoor coral reef, mix millions of gallons of seawater each day, and tantalize Claude’s tastebuds.
NightLife VIP Tour
Elevate your NightLife experience. Enjoy a private reception, complimentary cocktails and bites, reserved planetarium passes, a behind-the-scenes tour, and more.
- $59 per guest ($64 for NightLife Premier)
- Groups of 10 or more save 15%!
- Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm or 6:45-8:15 pm
- For guests 21+ with ID
Treat yourself to a meet-and-greet with one of our beloved education animals that's rarely seen on the public floor.
- $175 for up to four guests ($140 members) plus general admission
- Includes choice of Academy or Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour
- Offered Tuesday-Sunday; 14-day advance booking required
- For ages 8 and up
Sleep under the sea stars at this family favorite. Your nocturnal adventure includes live animal demos, private planetarium shows, after-hours exhibit access—and the magic of drifting off to dreamland alongside our African penguins.
- $119 per guest ($99 members)
- For ages 5 and up; adult chaperones required