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Open a world of wonder with a single ticket.

One general admission ticket grants access to a vast range of exhibits—including our aquarium, planetarium, and living roof—as well as a suite of daily programs and activities. Add in special tours, sleepovers, and after-hours events for endlessly exciting ways to explore the California Academy of Sciences.

Hours

The Academy is open 365 days a year.

General Admission
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Last entry at 4 pm

Member Hours
Tuesday: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sunday: 10 – 11 am
See our membership benefits page for details. Your guest(s) are also welcome during members-only hours—please purchase additional tickets as necessary.

Thursday NightLife (21+):
6 – 10 pm
Explore a unique theme and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits, every Thursday night. For adults 21+ with ID. Last entry one hour before closing.

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General Admission

Explore an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof—and all with a single ticket. 

Please note: During holiday periods and summer weekends, peak pricing may apply.

$35.95 - Adult
$30.95 - Senior (ages 65+ with ID) 
$30.95 - Youth (ages 12-17)
$30.95 - Student (ages 18+ with ID)
$25.95 - Child (ages 4-11)
FREE - Children 3 and under and Academy members

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Membership

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Experience the wonder all year round with daily, unlimited admission, and exclusive benefits like members-only hours, expedited entry, low monthly payments, and exhibit previews. 

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Ticketed Events and Experiences

Go behind the scenes, experience the Academy at night, meet incredible experts, or celebrate with us at a host of annual events—we offer an ocean of ways to be amazed! 

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Visit for Free

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Neighborhood Free Weekends
All San Francisco residents receive free admission on two designated weekends each year—in fall and spring, determined by zip code of residence—thanks to generous support from Target.

Quarterly Free Sundays
Admission is free to the general public four Sundays a year. Early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Our next Free Sunday will take place on February 11, 2018.

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Community Access Programs

The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations. Learn more via the link below.

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Groups

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Groups of 10 or more paying guests receive discounted tickets when purchasing via a single pre-paid booking.

School Field Trips
School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Generally, field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days and holidays. You can even book a weekend visit!

San Francisco school groups: Free
Other California school groups: $9.95 per person
California-based youth serving organizations: $16.95 per person

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