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  • Masked guest comes eye to eye with an orange fish in the California Coast habitat at the Academy
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  • Claude
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  • Sea nettle jellyfish glow orange at the California Academy of Sciences
  • A camouflaged scorpionfish rests in an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences
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Welcome back! All NightLife guests must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. Members, please log in after adding tickets to your cart to receive your discount.

Please visit our reopening page for more information about ticketing, health and safety, exhibits, and FAQs.

Please note that the last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:45 pm—our animals need their sleep!

NightLife is 21+ with ID, from 6-10 pm.

Calling all creatures of the night: reserve your NightLife tickets in advance and see what’s revealed once the sun goes down. Reconnect with favorite faces (we’re looking at you, Claude!) while exploring new and familiar spaces. With nearly 40,000 live animals, two new exhibits, the iconic Shake House and four-story Rainforest, and outdoor dining beneath the stars the night is sure to be wild. For adults 21+.

Can’t attend in person? NightSchool is still in session! Join us virtually via YouTube or Facebook for an eclectic mix of science and culture. Streaming live monthly (and available as recordings afterwards) on the Academy’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

View upcoming ticketed NightLife events and free virtual NightSchool events below.

Ticketed museum events

July 29th at 6:00 pm

Hear the latest on the Academy's cutting-edge biodiversity research and global—and local—conservation efforts.

August 5th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

August 12th at 6:00 pm

Explore Pop-Up Magazine’s FIELD GUIDE audio experience + art project made for & inspired by the world around us.

August 19th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.
For adults 21+.

Free virtual events

August 5th at 7:00 pm

Learn how people are saving—and flying—hundreds of baby sea turtles a year from Cape Cod's "Deadly Bucket."

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Get to know our new livestream series, Breakfast Club and NightSchool, with a list of 10 viewer favorites from 2020.

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