Nat at Night

Nat at Night—Summer of the Wolf

Night owl or summer wolf—kick off your weekends at The Nat this summer. On Fridays between May 27 and September 2, we'll be open until 10 PM, with half-price admission after 4 PM.* Enjoy all exhibitions including our newest: Expedition Baja. As always, members of The Nat and Explorer pass holders receive free general admission.

Our rooftop patio will open at 4 PM on Fridays, and offers one of the best views in Balboa Park. It’s open to all visitors and serves beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks including kids’ beverages, as well as elegant and delicious small plates from our restaurant partner Wolf in the Woods (more on that below). Have a signature cocktail and sip as you stroll the museum.

Not a member? Plan on taking in the views from our rooftop a lot this summer? Just want to feel good about supporting conservation and nature in our region? Join today.

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

The return of trivia nights.

Join us for Nat at Night Trivia! Gather your team, grab a drink, and join us on Level 1 every Friday at 7 PM to test your trivia chops.

Member-Exclusive Tours on August 26

Members are invited to join us during Nat at Night on Friday, August 26 for a member-exclusive tour of our Paleontology Department.

If you’ve ever wondered what our region was like 15 million years ago, this is the tour for you! You’ll observe our Paleo team working on 15- to 18-million-year-old fossils that were recently discovered in Otay Mesa. They’re especially interesting in that they represent a missing piece of the fossil record—learn more about the discovery, and join us to see the fossils for yourself!

Tours will take place every hour on the hour from 4–9 PM. Meet at the Demonstration Lab on Level 3. Space is limited and will be first-come, first-served.

Not a member? Join or renew today!

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.

Visit the Baja California Peninsula...right here in Balboa Park.

Just in time for summer! Our newest exhibition opens on May 27, explore Expedition Baja, located in our brand new fourth-floor gallery. Explore the rugged and beautiful Baja California Peninsula, and follow researchers on their quest to conserve its wild beauty.

* 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.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is an independent nonprofit that traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists who came together in 1874. So we welcome all kinds of nature nerds. Plan your visit with our latest guidelines.

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