Member Events

In addition to free general admission to theNAT, members also receive a number of other benefits, including guest passes, discounts on public and family programs, and unlimited access to our 3D films.

Not a member? Join at the Admissions Desk or at to receive exclusive benefits like free general admission, discounted tickets to lectures and special exhibitions, behind-the-scenes opportunities, and much more. 

Muse: San Diego Museum Murals

Join us on June 17, from 5-11 PM for an art opening at La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan that reveals a special collaboration between local artists and nine San Diego county museums, including theNAT. Inspired by the vibrant murals in Chicano Park, artists were asked to create a visual interpretation of the mission and history of a participating museum. The results are gorgeous murals that are inspired by San Diego cultural institutions and their contributions to art and science. Visit La Bodega Gallery in the artistically rich neighborhood of Barrio Logan to view these works from June 17-30, 2017. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday. Muse: San Diego Museum Murals is presented by the San Diego Museum Council with funding made possible by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture. La Bodega Gallery is located 2196 Logan Avenue, San Diego, 92113.

Balboa Park After Dark

It’s back! Balboa Park After Dark returns for another summer, bringing the park alive after 5 on Fridays, with extended museum hours as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park. We’ll be open until 8 PM on Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.* Not only can you start your weekend exploring our exhibitions, you can also enjoy demonstrations and presentations of our collections from our Museum scientists, in addition to pop-up programs, and sci-fi b-movies (specific dates still to be determined). Plus, if you haven’t checked out our revamped café, now is the time to do it. The café will be serving beer and wine, plus some brand new menu items. Members get a 10% discount in the café and a discount on Ultimate Dinosaurs. Take advantage of your free general admission and kick-off your summer weekends with a science fix. For a list of participating museums, visit the Balboa Park website.

*Hours subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, go here.