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.

Sci-Fi Fridays

Giant shrews, man-eating plants, more terror than you can possibly imagine! Only science can save you from these unimaginable horrors. This summer, theNAT and Film Geeks San Diego have partnered, once again, to provide an exciting film series during Balboa Park After Dark that puts the “science” back in “science fiction.” We’ll be screening old science fiction films from the 1950s and 1960s and providing pop-up style biological facts, pop culture trivia, and running commentary from our resident science and pop culture expert Dr. Michael Wall.

Each film will begin at 6PM in our giant-screen theater, and is included with paid admission.

The Killer Shrews

Friday, June 23, 2017 6 PM

In a failed attempt to shrink humans to reduce world hunger (great idea, geniuses), a group of scientists unwittingly create giant, mutated, venomous shrews that feed on flesh. Will scientific thinking save these genetic meddlers or will the killer shrews gnaw their way to planetary domination?


The Tingler

Friday, July 14, 2017 6 PM

Vincent Price stars as a scientist who discovers a spinal parasite that feeds on fear. What’s the only way to stop the creature from crushing your spine? Scream! Director William Castle outfitted theater chairs with vibrating devices that shook when The Tingler first appeared on the big screen. We don’t have that kind of budget, but Museum staff can manually shake your chair for an additional $500. It’s movie magic!


Little Shop of Horrors

Friday, August 18, 2017 6 PM

The original 1960 Roger Corman film, featuring a young Jack Nicholson, about a carnivorous plant that feeds on human blood and gets bigger than its britches, tended to by the world’s most murderous horticulturist, Seymour Krelboyne. If you’ve ever thought that your plants were watching you with hungry eyes, this film is for you.