Nat at Night

Summer Nights Just Got Even Better.

Calling all night owls! Our Nat at Night event series is back for Summer 2023.

Every Friday night between May 26—September 4, we'll be open until 10 PM, so you can explore the museum's wonders after hours. Enjoy access to all exhibitions, test your knowledge at trivia, or unleash your creativity during Sketch Party sessions on select dates, all while enjoying the cool summer vibes. Plus, admission is half-price after 5 PM. As always, members of The Nat and Explorer pass holders enjoy free general admission.

Indulge in the ultimate summer experience on our rooftop deck, boasting the best views in Balboa Park. It's open to all visitors, offering an array of refreshing drinks such as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options, including kid-friendly beverages. Pair your beverage with delectable small plates curated by our esteemed restaurant partner, Wolf in the Woods (more details below). Sip a signature cocktail as you leisurely explore the Museum.

Getting here: We suggest taking the bus or ride-shareyou'll arrive steps away from our front doors (plus, avoid parking hassles and minimize your carbon footprint to boot). Learn more about parking and directions here.

Not yet a member? Planning to frequent our rooftop oasis throughout the summer? Or do you simply want to support conservation and nature in our region? Join us today.

Your purchases support our work to preserve this amazing place we call home.

So good you'll want to howl.

We’re thrilled to host Wolf in the Woods as our restaurant partner for Nat at Night. From the minds behind Great Maple and Hash House a Go-Go, Wolf in the Woods is one of San Diego’s best new restaurants, cultivating warmth, creativity, and an appreciation for our region. Located in the historic heart of Mission Hills, you'll want to learn more about this delicious local restaurant. Just visit our rooftop for a little taste.


Signature Cocktails

Johnny's Spicy Mango Margarita
Milagro Reposado Tequila, Mango Presse, Ancho Reye Chile Liqueur, Lime, Organic Agave, Ice and New Mexican Red Hatch Chile and Salt Rim

May Flowers
Guest Choice of Titos or Herradura, Jamaica, Sweetner, Agua Fresca

Guest Choice of Titos or Herradura, Lime Juice, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Beer


Predator Lodi Cabernet | Predator Old Vine Zin
Bonterra Chardonnay | Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc


Stone Buenaveza | Pizza Port Chronic Amber Ale |
Burning Beard New Fang Pale Ale | Coronado Orange Ave Wit

Nature calls.

Explore our newest exhibitions after hours. In Expedition Baja, learn about the rugged and beautiful Baja California Peninsula and follow researchers on their quest to conserve its wild beauty. Caught on Camera: Wildlife When No One's Watching features animal candids taken with the help of camera trap technology. Both are located on the 4th floor.

* NOTE: Dates and hours are subject to change; always check this page for up-to-the-minute information. Capacity for the rooftop is limited. Films will not be screened during Nat at Night, so please visit during daytime hours if you'd like to enjoy the Subaru Giant Screen Experience.