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Academy of Sciences VIP Nightlife Tour

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Key Highlights

  • An evening out with a difference in San Francisco!
  • Get express entry into the Academy of Sciences
  • 1 hour guided tour with Behind-the-Scenes access
  • Private viewing of the Academy′s glittering mineral collection
  • Open bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • VIP entrance to the Rainforests of the World Exhibit
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Thursdays

    Duration

    Approx 3 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Open bar and hors d'oeuvres begin promptly at 6:00pm. Tour leaves at 6:30pm without exception.
    Duration: Approx 3 hours

    Meeting Point

    The Academy, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Park, San Francisco, CA, 94118 (located in Golden Gate Park)
    Please arrive at 6:00pm and enter through the “Membership” entrance. Meet at VIP CHECK-IN inside the Main Lobby to receive your all access badge and further instructions.
    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.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Enjoy VIP access to the prestigious California Academy of Sciences and its world-class exhibitions plus hospitality and a rare chance to meet Academy researchers and ask them about their work.

    After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres you will be taken on the Academy’s renowned ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ tour. Learn more about the institution’s 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on our planet.

    Your VIP tour also includes a private viewing of the Academy’s breathtaking gem collection. Marvel at the beauty of the stones and minerals that can be found in the depths of the Earth.

    You also enjoy VIP entrance to the stunning Rainforests of the World Exhibit and can take a journey into space at the evening Planetarium show.

    For a night out ‘with-a-difference’ this tour is perfect. It also makes a wonderful gift for friends who are interested in science and finding out more about our Universe.

    Itinerary

    The exclusive Academy of Sciences VIP Nightlife Tour gives you evening entry to the prestigious California Academy of Sciences and the chance to interact with Academy researchers. To join the tour make your way to the Academy at 55 Music Concourse Park, located in Golden Gate Park.

    You should arrive at 6:00pm and enter through the “Membership” entrance. Meet at the VIP CHECK-IN inside the Main Lobby to receive your all access badges and further instructions.

    Before your Behind-The-Scenes Academy tour you will be treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a reserved cocktail area. At 6:30pm sharp your thrilling Academy tour begins.

    This tour gives you the chance to go behind the scenes with an expert guide to find out all about the prestigious Academy of Sciences from an insider's perspective. You’ll learn about the institution's 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. You’ll visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof and enjoy a private viewing of some of the Academy’s gem and mineral collection.

    The Behind-the-Scenes tour does not visit all of the public exhibits at the Academy so you are strongly advised to explore the venue before the tour.

    Your tour ticket also includes VIP entrance to the Rainforests of the World Exhibit, and a reserved pass for the 8:30pm Planetarium show which ends at approximately 9:05pm.

    If you would like to round out your evening with a meal, dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Cafe and the Moss Room post-tour. (Please call local activity partner on the number given on your booking voucher for Moss Room reservations).

    The tour ends at the Academy and afterwards you are free to make your own way back to your accommodation.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English speaking guide
    • Admission to Academy of Sciences
    • Express entry into the building
    • 1 hour guided tour with Behind-the-Scenes access
    • Private viewing of the Academy’s gem and mineral collection
    • Interaction with Academy researchers
    • Open bar and hors d'oeuvres prior to the tour
    • VIP entrance to the Rainforests of the World Exhibit
    • Reserved pass for the 8. 30 pm Planetarium show

    Exclusions

    • Transportation
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    Please note: Reserved seating to lectures is not included and elements of the tour may change without notice. The open bar is only available prior to the tour.
    Guests must be aged 21 and older with Valid ID.
    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. Dinner is available for purchase at the Academy Cafe and the Moss Room post-tour. Please call local activity partner for Moss Room reservations.
    The Planetarium show ends at approximately 9:05pm

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.