5 museums to visit after dark in San Francisco

1) Alcatraz Night Tour

Check out the city’s most famous spot, but at night with less of a crowd and a view of the city and sunset. It’s an eerie experience wandering the halls and cells of a penitentiary that once housed many of the most notorious criminals. Dress in layers. It’s spooky and chilly.

Alcatraz prison by night

2) Exploratorium after dark

Every Thursday night at 6 pm, grab some friends and play with over 650 interactive exhibits at this art and science museum. Find your way through a pitch black dome and play with a giant kaleidoscope. There’s music, guest speakers and booze to enjoy, too. 21 and over.

San Francisco - Exploratorium after dark

3) Thursday Nights at Asian Art Museum

Explore the museum Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 pm and enjoy music, beverages and demonstrations with guest artists, performers, chefs and speakers. Each evening offers a unique experience, so it’s good to check the line-up on the website to find programs that interest you.

San Francisco - Asian Art Museum

4) Thursday Nights at SFMOMA

This contemporary and modern art museum is open until 9 pm Thursday evenings. An opportunity for those who want to visit their favorite exhibit or pieces after work, and those who’d enjoy a night stroll through the galleries. Private guided tours are available and the restaurant stays open.

people admiring modern art at SFOMO

5) Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences

Explore all the natural exhibits – from the stars above to the bottom of the sea – with music, food and cocktails every Thursday evening from 6 to 10 pm. Each event is focused on a theme (Star Wars and the galactic universe, for example), so check the calendar first. For ages 21 and over.

San Francisco - Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences

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