5 Amazing "Adult Only" Museum Nights

Museums are not just for kids anymore. After all, why shouldn't adults get in on the fun? Imagine visiting an awesome museum free of screaming children. Book the sitter because on select nights you can have a memorable night out at these 5 adult-only after hours events at your favorite museum.

Things look different after dark. Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in everything from a pitch-black dome to a fog bridge, a large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors, and more. Or savor adults-only programming featuring unique guest speakers, great music, specialty films, and one-of-a-kind activities. It'll change how you think about the world around you. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself.

It’s Thursday night and you’re ready for adventure. Luckily, the fun’s just getting started at the Asian Art Museum. Marvel at our collection or check out one of our programs, which are as diverse as the art in the galleries. Whether you are in the mood for opera arias, groundbreaking cinema, discovering a new cuisine, exploring the galleries after dark or connecting with cutting-edge artists and architects, Thursday nights at the Asian Art Museum are for you.

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife is your ticket to the nocturnal side of the Academy.

San Francisco’s most celebrated after-hours museum event returns for a fall season. These nine Friday Nights feature free admission to the main-level galleries highlighted by a reinterpretation of contemporary art in our permanent collection and new acquisitions. Through social-media moments and in-person dialogue, visitors can engage and commune with the art and with one another in a warm and welcoming setting. Enjoy specialty drinks and mocktails, coffees, teas, and snacks. Bring your friends. Strike a pose at the selfie wall. Listen to music. Make art.

Grab some friends, work up an appetite, and head to the Schulz Museum for Friday Nights filled with local food, drink, and fun! Each event includes complimentary Peanuts-themed food paired with drinks from an open bar and fun activities including cartooning, trivia, and animation.