California Academy of Sciences NightLife Plus Admission

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Level up with upgraded admission to NightLife and explore the nocturnal side of the California Academy of Sciences. Enjoy two free drinks, special access, plus a snack and sweet discounts.


  • Enjoy upgraded admission with special perks and discounts.
  • Experience unique thought-provoking themes each month.
  • Explore hands-on exhibits and enjoy a diverse range of programs.
  • Sip on a cocktail, get a behind-the-scenes tour, and more!


NightLife Plus admission gives you an amplified evening to experience the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Enjoy these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event. Gain access to a private exhibit area with two 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. With live DJs, bars, ambiance lighting, and nearly 60,000 live animals (including familiar faces like Claude, our alligator with albinism), the night is sure to be wild. Each Nightlife Plus ticket includes event admission, plus: 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres Reservations to a planetarium show Private bar and exhibit Priority entrance to Osher Rainforest Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Academy’s research collections with a short guided tour 10% discount at the Café and retail stores Digital scavenger hunt of the Academy's exhibits


Entrance to the California Academy of Sciences NightLife event Entrance to all current exhibits, including the rainforest, aquarium, and planetarium (Planetarium reservations are assigned upon arrival) 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres Behind-the-scenes access to the Academy’s research collections with a short guided tour (tour locations may vary and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis)

Important Information

  • You must be 21 years or older with a valid, physical photo ID to attend NightLife.
  • Please arrive between 6-7 pm and check in at the VIP Tour Cart in the lobby, just to the right of the T.Rex.
  • Last entry into the rainforest dome is at 7:30 PM.
  • Planetarium passes are required for planetarium shows during NightLife. Planetarium reservations are assigned upon arrival. If you want to attend the show with your group/friends, please arrive and check in together.
  • All food must be enjoyed in the Café or outdoors.
  • NightLife is open every Thursday from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM. Visit to see weekly themes.

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