Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a must-see destination like no other. It’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum all under one roof. This ticket is all you need to explore it all!

From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the Living Roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story live Rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while the immersive Planetarium offers a new perspective on the planet we call home.

The Academy is a family-friendly museum with plenty of exhibits, programs, and activities designed with kids of all ages in mind.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(General Admission, Ages 18-64):
Senior Rate
(General Admission, Ages 65+):
Youth Rate
(General Admission, Ages 12-17):
Child Rate
(General Admission, Ages 4-11):
Child - Free
(General Admission, Ages 3 and Under):

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Tour / Activity Details

9:30 am to 5:00 pm - Monday through Saturday
11:00 am to 5:00 pm - Sunday
Please Note: Time shown on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only. You will be issued an "Open Ticket", and you may enter the Academy any time during operating hours. See Special Schedule Details.

You Are Purchasing An "Open Ticket." Hotel pick-up not included; the address of the Academy will be on your E-Ticket.  Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.  

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Special Schedule Details

  • Last entrance is 4:00 pm.
  • The availability of specific Academy exhibits is subject to change without prior notice.


Featured Exhibits

Steinhart Aquarium - The Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most advanced and biologically diverse aquariums in the world, home to the world's deepest indoor living coral reef, an albino alligator, a colony of African penguins, a shark lagoon and more than 38,000 live animals representing over 900 species. Through partnerships with Academy scientists who travel the world in search of new and little-known species, Steinhart’s biologists often display animals you won’t find in any other public aquarium.

Morrison Planetarium - This planetarium is home to one of the largest and most advanced all-digital domes in the world. The Academy’s Visualization Studio produces award-winning original planetarium shows that tell stories about faraway galaxies, and our home planet Earth, using scientific data to depict the most current discoveries.

Kimball Natural History Museum - The Kimball Natural History Museum explores some of the most significant discoveries and issues of our time. Explore majestic dioramas of African landscapes and animals and immerse yourself in exhibits that examine the history and future of life on Earth. Also, don’t miss the Shake House earthquake simulator, where you'll learn about the natural forces that have shaped the Bay Area.

Osher Rainforest - Explore a lush, four-story rainforest housed in a 90-foot glass dome and teeming with life from some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The rainforest has everything, from an ant colony and free-flying birds and butterflies to enormous Amazonian fish.


Important Information

  • This is a walking tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. You may encounter uneven surfaces and slick spots.
  • The Academy is fully wheelchair-accessible, welcoming manual and electric wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge at Coat Check on a first-come, first-served basis. To borrow one, visitors are asked simply to leave their photo ID at Coat Check for the duration of their visit.
  • While service dogs are welcome at the Academy if providing assistance to individuals with disabilities, a small number of areas including the Rainforest, Early Explorers Cove, research collections, and back-of-house do remain off-limits. While animals other than dogs may provide assistance to individuals with disabilities, dogs and miniature horses are the only animals legally regarded as service animals, and therefore, dogs (and under certain circumstances, miniature horses) are the only animals permitted at the Academy. Service dogs must be under the control of their handler at all times during their visit to the Academy. Leash-control is preferred, but under certain circumstances voice or signal control is acceptable.
  • All exhibits have built-in detection points for the blind, and public elevators are equipped with auditory signals. Wherever possible, exhibits have been made tactile for an enhanced experience.
  • For hearing-impaired guests, transcripts are available for all regularly scheduled Planetarium shows and other multimedia in the Academy, and assistive listening transmitters are positioned in the Planetarium, Earthquake Mini-Dome Theater, and Earthquake Shake House exhibit.


You Are Purchasing An "Open Ticket."  Hotel pick-up not included; the address of the Academy will be on your E-Ticket.  Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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