Nat at Night

Calling All Night Owls!

On the third Friday of every month, we'll be open until 10 PM so you can explore the museum after hours. Enjoy access to all exhibitions, programming and activities on 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.

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.

Dates include:

  • February 16, 2024
  • March 15, 2024
  • April 19, 2024
  • May 17, 2024

Don’t worry! On May 24, 2024—Memorial Day weekend—Nat at Night will return weekly for the summer.

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 Wolf in the Woods as our restaurant partner for Nat at Night beginning in March of 2024. 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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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.