• The front entrance of the California Academy of Sciences under a clear, blue sky
    The Academy is the Bay Area's home for science.
  • A boy and his mom examine flowers in the Color of Life exhibit.
    Hands-on exhibits inspire guests of all ages.
  • A young girl examines a pink sea star in our Discovery Tide Pool exhibit
    Get up close and personal with real ocean animals.
  • An Academy docent shares some collection specimens with a group of guests of different ages and backgrounds
    Friendly, knowledgeable docents bring science to life.

We’re proud to open our doors to the entire Bay Area community and provide access to world-class science education and cutting-edge exhibits for everyone. Learn about our free and low-cost admission opportunities, school and youth field trips, and other access programs.

Community Free Days

Thank you for making our first Community Free Days a success! We'll keep you posted about upcoming free days here.

Community Free Days are made possible thanks to generous support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


Neighborhood Free Weekends

All San Francisco residents receive free admission to the Academy on two designated Neighborhood Free Weekends per year, thanks to generous support from Target. Determined by zip code of residence, these free weekends grant free admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of a given weekend and are offered every fall and spring.



We’re committed to making our exhibits, programs, and digital offerings accessible to everyone. We provide a range of services to welcome individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair access, accessible parking, and accommodations for service animals.


Military Discount

Present a valid military ID or proof of service (i.e., VA card or DD-214) at the ticket window when you arrive to receive $3 off daytime general admission. Please note: This offer is for active-duty military personnel only and does not apply to family, friends, or dependents.


Discover & Go Library Program

The Academy provides passes to moderate- to low-income neighborhood libraries, in San Francisco, Richmond, Alameda, Contra Costa, Berkeley, Oakland, as well as over 40 other local library systems. Families with children can check out passes for participating cultural institutions, including the Academy, from their local public library branch. The pass is valid for families of 4-6 with children up to age 18. Please check your local branch regarding distribution.


EBT/WIC Benefit

The Academy is a proud partner in Museums for All, a cooperative initiative that ensures every child and family has access to a world-class museum experience by offering $3 Academy admission for EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) or WIC cardholders.

Simply present your EBT or WIC card at the Academy ticket window to receive your $3 general admission tickets. Limit 4 per group per visit.


Community Access Ticket Service (CATS)

CATS provides cultural experiences and museum visits to places like the Academy to tens of thousands of people who otherwise could not afford to visit through partnerships with social service organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, YMCA, and more.


School and Youth Field Trips

School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Field trips can be scheduled on most dates with the exception of holidays and some school breaks. You can even book a weekend visit! All school groups from the City and County of San Francisco receive free admission to the Academy. All other California school groups receive a discounted group rate.


Rock Program

The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Enhanced Museum Visits Program supports field trips for 4th- and 5th- grade students in San Francisco. Free transportation, admission, and educational materials are all provided by this program.

The Rock Program is expanding!


Children 3 and under

All children ages 3 and under receive free admission to the Academy, everyday. 



Every Thursday night from 6-10 pm, night owls 21 and over can visit the museum for a significantly reduced price during NightLife. In addition to access to all Academy exhibits and planetarium shows, NightLife attendees enjoy live music and a different science theme each week.



Academy memberships are a smart investment, paying for themselves in 2-3 visits. With an annual membership subscription, members can spread the cost of a membership out over an entire year, with an initial down payment and easy monthly installments starting at less than $6 a month.


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By lowering barriers to entry—whether cost, access, language, or culture—we’re creating an Academy for All.

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