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Nat at Night

Summer Nights Just Got Even Better.

Every Friday night between May 24–August 30, we'll be open until 10 PM so you can explore the museum after hours. Enjoy access to all exhibitions, programming and activities—like getting crafty with our friends from Sketchpartyon select dates , and our rooftop deck for good views and great vibes. Admission is half-price after 5 PM. You can buy your tickets in advance online or buy them at the door the night of. As always, members of The Nat and Explorer pass holders enjoy free general admission.

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Our rooftop patio offers one of the best views in Balboa Park. It’s open to all visitors and serves beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks including kids’ beverages and food from Wolf in the Woods—you can get a look at the food menu below! Sip a signature cocktail as you leisurely explore the Museum—here's a map to guide your adventure.

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 often? 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 the 2024 restaurant of the year, Wolf in the Woods on our rooftop! 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.

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Trivia is Back!

A crowd favorite returns for summer. Trivia is hosted in the Atrium every Friday night! Call up your teammates, come up with a punny team name, and test your knowledge on topics about snakes, creepy crawlies, San Diego, dinosaurs and more. Plus, grab a snack from Craft Taco while you're at it!

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Four Floors of TGIF

The entire Museum is yours to explore! Take a selfie with a megalodon shark, see a busy beehive, check out animal skulls of all sizes, and so much more. Plus, get a look at what we’ve been up to for 150 years on Level 4 in our newest photo exhibit, Action from the Archives: The Nat at 150.

Kick Back in Our Giant Screen Theater

Starting May 31, we will be showing films in our giant screen theater during Nat at Night! After packing 75 million years into a couple of hours, kick back and learn about the super senses of the ocean's top predators in our oceans or dig into world of fungi that are right beneath our feet. Shark Kingdom will have showings at 5 PM, 6:30 PM, and 8 PM. Fungi: The Web of Life will have showings at 5:45 PM, 7:15 PM, and 8:45 PM. Learn more.

* NOTE: Dates and hours are subject to change; always check this page for up-to-the-minute information. Capacity for the rooftop is limited.