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55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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Plan a Visit

Just one ticket lets you explore the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, 40,000 live animals and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof.

General Admission

It’s easy to plan a visit to the California Academy of Sciences. One general admission includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof. Admission to this popular Bay Area attraction includes a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks and more. It's fun for the whole family!

Museum Tickets

The Academy is one of the most memorable Bay Area attractions, and is a great place to bring friends and family.

General Admission Buy Tickets
Adult $29.95
Senior (ages 65 and over) $24.95
Student $24.95
Youth (ages 12-17) $24.95
Child (ages 4-11) $19.95
Ages 3 and under FREE
Academy Tours
Behind-the-Scenes Tours Details
$24.95 Adult or Child (ages 8+)
$19.95 Member Adult or Child (ages 8+)
Group Tours Details
NightLife Tickets Buy Tickets
Adult (21 and over) Details $12
Member (21 and over) $10
NightLife VIP Tour Details $59

Peak Pricing
During peak periods, a $5 admission surcharge is added to ticket purchases at the door. This surcharge does not apply to tickets purchased online, which are valid any day, including peak periods.

Quarterly Free Sundays

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The Academy is free to everyone on selected Sundays throughout the year. Admission is on a first-come, first served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Please note that final entry to the museum is one hour before closing.

All guests receive free admission on:

  • June 2, 2013
  • September 29, 2013
  • December 8, 2013

San Francisco Neighborhood Free Days

Generously sponsored by

Target ®

San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on a designated weekend each spring and fall, according to ZIP code.


The Planetarium is very popular and tickets are handed out on a first come first serve basis due to limited seating. Visit the cart at the planetarium theater to pick up a show pass. The show is not appropriate for children 6 and under, and children 3 and under are not permitted.

School and youth groups are required to have an advance reservation in a school show in order to attend the Planetarium. Please check your reservation carefully for confirmation of any requested programs, we do not accept walkup requests on the day of your field trip.

Earthquake: Children ages 3 or younger are not recommended in the San Francisco Shakes section of the exhibit. Please see the Earthquake page for more details.

Admission to the Academy is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Please note that some visitors may experience a wait at the front entrance during peak times, and final entry to the museum is one hour before closing.

Museum Hours


Monday - Saturday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm


11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

The Academy is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Members-only Hours


Tuesdays: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Sundays: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Share the Academy experience with friends and family. You are welcome to bring your guest(s) and purchase additional tickets as necessary during members-only hours.



55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000

Directions & Parking



The Academy provides a wide variety of services to individuals with disabilities.

  • Wheelchairs are available at the Coat Check on a first come, first served basis.
  • Accessible parking is available in the underground garage.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for visitors who are hearing impaired.
  • Service animals are the only animals the public is allowed to bring into the museum. Read the Academy’s service animal policy

To download a PDF version of the Accessibility Guide, please click here.

Brace Yourself!


Take a kinetic journey into the world of seismic phenomena with the new Earthquake exhibit and planetarium show. Explores the forces that shape our landscape and change our world.

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Become an Academy


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Join today and enjoy unlimited admission, member discounts, and special members-only events to experience our new exhbit, Built for Speed.

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Academy Insider


Academy Insider

Download the Academy Insider, a free iPhone app provides information on exhibits throughout the museum, self-guided tours, a live daily programs feed, museum floor plans, step-by-step directions, and other useful tools. Users can learn more about Academy exhibits through fun facts, quizzes, video and audio clips, and other interactive activities.

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Academy Sleepovers


Penguins + Pajamas

Camp out for a night at the Academy and see the museum in a whole new light with our new sleepover package.

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