• An exclusive peek into the Gem and Mineral Vault
  • Gain early access to the Osher Rainforest reservations!
  • Go behind-the-scenes into our research collection rooms
  • Enjoy a VIP private rooftop bar!

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 behind the scenes tour that peeks into the Academy’s vast collections and our Gem and Mineral Vault. Take in the view from a private rooftop bar atop the Academy’s 2.5-acre living roof, while sipping on a cocktail and snacking on hors d’oeuvres. Receive expedited entry to some of the Academy’s most popular exhibits, and end the evening with a reserved planetarium show. Masks will be required indoors and when not actively eating or drinking.

What's included

Each Nightlife VIP Experience ticket includes event admission, plus:

  • 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour of scientific collection rooms and the Gem and Mineral Vault
  • 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
  • Reserved planetarium seating
  • Private Rooftop VIP Lounge
  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator
  • 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. Guests arriving after 7:30pm will unfortunately not be able to join the tour. 


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.


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