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.

Canyoneer Hikes

August 11
Museum-trained naturalists, the Canyoneers, will be offering a free guided nature walk for Balboa Park After Dark. Hikers will be meeting at south side of the Museum at 6:30 PM—look for the Canyoneer sign. Check back soon for specifics about the location as the Canyoneers are scouting out a new walk.

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.

Balboa Park After Dark

Friday, August 4, 2017 5 PM

Special programming: Check back soon.

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 .


Balboa Park After Dark

Friday, August 11, 2017 5 PM

Special programming: Free guided nature walk in Florida Canyon guided by our Canyoneers. Explore this Balboa Park canyon preserved by Helen Witham Chamlee. Together with citizen-scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum, Chamlee founded the Canyoneers in 1973 as the "Florida Canyoneers." This is an easy 2 mile hike with an elevation gain/loss of up to 200 feet. Meet at the south side of the Museum at 6:30 PM—look for the Canyoneer sign. 

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 .


Balboa Park After Dark

Friday, August 18, 2017 5 PM

Special programming: Sci Fri Friday featuring a screening of The Little Shop of Horrors (6 PM). If you’ve ever thought that your plants were watching you with hungry eyes, this film is for you.

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 .


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.

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 .


Balboa Park After Dark

Friday, August 25, 2017 5 PM

Special programming: Check back soon.

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 .


Balboa Park After Dark

Friday, September 1, 2017 5 PM

Special programming: Check back soon.

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.