Nat at Night

Back by Popular Demand!

Night owls, unite! Our Nat at Night event series is back for 2023and it's not just for summer anymore.

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. Plus, admission is half-price after 5 PM. As always, members of The Nat and Explorer pass holders receive 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, 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.

Dates include:

  • Friday, Feb. 17
  • Friday, March 17
  • Friday, April 21
  • Friday, May 19
  • Summer series! Every Friday between May 26 and September 1
  • Friday, September 15
  • Friday, October 20

Not a member? Plan on taking in the views from our rooftop a lot this year? 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!

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.

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Signature Cocktails

The Wolfhound Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Meyer Lemon, Cointreau Noir, Fired Clove Syrup on the Rocks
Sip Me I'm Irish Choice of Tito’s Vodka or Herradura Silver Tequila, Fresh Cucumber, Lime, Sweetener, Micro Green Garnish


Predator Lodi Cabernet | Predator Old Vine Zin
Bonterra Chardonnay | Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc


Stone Buenaveza | Stone Delicious IPA | Pizza Port Chronic Amber Ale
Burning Beard New Fang Pale Ale | Burning Beard Where Vultures Fare

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.