Balboa Park After Dark

Fridays, May 26 – September 1

This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after 5 with extended hours at participating Museums, including theNAT. We’ll be open until 8 PM on Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.*

On these evenings, you’ll have a chance to see all of our fabulous exhibitions, including the limited engagement Ultimate Dinosaurs. We’ll also be offering a full rotation of our 2D and 3D films as well as the opportunity to meet our scientists. Special programming will be offered on select evenings; check back soon for more information.

Our cafe will be open each evening, serving a selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages.

Regular admission rates apply. Explorer passholders and San Diego Natural History Museum members receive free general admission. Not a member? Join today.

Kick off your weekend in style and get your culture fix by checking out a museum (or several) after hours, and enjoy food trucks and entertainment on select dates.

*Hours subject to change. Always check this page for up-to-the-minute information.

General info: This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after 5 with extended hours at participating Museums, including theNAT. All exhibitions will be open and we’ll be offering a full rotation of 2D and 3D films (exceptions apply, check calendar for details). Read more.

  • 25 Aug

    Special programming: 

    Behind the Scenes Tour of Paleontology Department

    Saber-toothed cats, mastodons, and whales, oh my! Visit our collection of over 1 million fossil specimens with paleontology staff, where we will be sharing stories and showing off the best that our fossil record has to offer. Additionally, Paleo Lab God Christopher Plouffe will be demonstrating and leading hands-on preparation techniques used in the department. Come hammer out your frustrations on 40 million-year-old clams trapped in rock. Delicately air-scribe away sediment from 1 million year old snails. Harden and consolidate specimens so they may endure in our collections for eons to come.

    • Friday, August 25, 2017 5 PM
  • 1 Sep

    Special programming: Check back soon.

    • Friday, September 1, 2017 5 PM