SF is recognized for its diverse selection of museums, but most visitors aren’t aware of the cocktail parties, workshops and live music events that go on after-hours. That’s right — there’s a lot that goes on at SF museums at night. For a whole new perspective, Stanford Court Hotel urges visitors to experience museums in a whole new light — in the dark.
Beat the field trip groups and enjoy nighttime exhibitions across the city. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of our favorite nocturnal activities at participating museums.
Here’s your chance to enjoy “cocktails, creatures and music” every Thursday from 6-10 pm at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Guests gain after-hours access to all exhibitions, including the dazzling rainforest, alluring aquarium, and always-awesome planetarium. Each NightLife is complete with a science theme. 21+ with ID. Check upcoming themes and ticket prices at the academy website.
What grown-adult doesn’t yearn to immerse themselves in an interactive museum, but feel a little silly with so many kids around? Exploratorium After Dark opens their doors to only adults every Thursday night from 6-10 pm. Complete with adult beverages, visitors can carelessly enjoy light displays, a large-scale kaleidoscope and special programming. The Exploratorium brings in speakers, live music, activities and films every Thursday. For prices and news on upcoming programming, check out more info at Exploratorium After Dark.
The truth about Alcatraz is that many tourists visit the island during daytime hours. But did you know night tours are also available? Take the award-winning audio night tour and allow yourself to get slightly spooked by the abandoned prison. An added benefit is enjoying sweeping evening views of San Francisco. Available Thurs-Mon. For pricing info and additional details, check out more at Alcatraz Night Tours.
The Asian Art Museum stays open until 9 pm every Thursday night in the summer with a $10 entry. Guests can sample cuisine, partake in a sake tasting, peruse the galleries and enjoy lively activities. Special guests have included comedians and artists. The Asian Art Museum never disappoints and was one of the first museums in SF to set up a nightlife scene. More information at the Asian Art Museum.
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