California Academy of Science - NightLife VIP Tour

NightLife is a weekly event where visitors ages 21 and older can enjoy music, science, entertainment and cocktails, while experiencing the Academy’s world-class exhibits and having fun with friends. Each weekly installment features something new and different.

If you want an entirely different NightLife experience, join us on our NightLife VIP Tour. After the tour guests also get to explore the museum and all of its exhibits, enjoy world-class music, programs, and activities. Food and additional cocktails are available for purchase at this time.

VIP Tour Availability: Every Thursday during NightLife. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Tour leaves at 6:30 PM without exception. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Cafe and the Moss Room post-tour. The Planetarium show ends at approximately 9:05 PM.

VIP Tour Inclusions:

  • Express entry into the building
  • An open bar and hors d’oeuvres in a reserved cocktail area, prior to the tour.
  • A one-hour behind-the-scenes tour with a private viewing of some of the Academy’s renowned gem and mineral collection, and interaction with Academy researchers in a working lab.
  • VIP access to the four story Rainforest of the World exhibit.
  • A reserved Planetarium Pass for the 8:30 PM Planetarium show.

Adult (21+)
rates starting at
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Redemption Instructions
For express entry exchange this voucher for your tour at the Service Desk door, located at the right side of the main entrance of California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park San Francisco.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your tour.

Parking can be very difficult on busy days. We strongly encourage public transportation or drop-off. Please allow plenty of extra time for traffic, parking, and arrival.

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