Museum hours

    The Academy is open 365 days a year! Please note that all guests, including members, must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. View our reopening page for ticketing and health and safety details.

    Regular hours
    Monday–Saturday: 9:30 am–5 pm
    Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
    Last entry at 4 pm.

    Members-only hours
    Tuesday: 8:30–9:30 am
    Sunday: 10–11 am
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    Holiday hours
    Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26): 10 am–3 pm
    Christmas Day (Friday, December 25): 11 am–5 pm
    November 27–28 and December 26–30: Open until 6 pm


    Special exhibit hours

    Osher Rainforest opens a little later and closes a little earlier than the rest of the museum. Please note that entry into the rainforest is by reservation only: When you arrive at the Academy, scan the QR code posted in the lobby to reserve an entry time.

    Osher Rainforest hours
    Monday–Saturday: 10 am–4:45 pm
    Sunday: 11 am–4:45 pm


    Admission information

    Daytime Admission tickets include access to everything under the Academy's Living Roof—all for one price.* Here are a few important things to note about admission:

    • Timed-entry tickets are now on sale! Visit our reopening page for details.
    • All guests, including members and donors, must reserve timed-entry tickets in advance of their visit as walkup sales will not be available.** Tickets will be reservable up to 3 weeks in advance.
    • Ticket prices vary by date, entry time, and age group. Save up to $5 per ticket and enjoy the greatest selection of entry times when you reserve your tickets at least one day in advance.
    • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free!

    *Some exhibits, including Morrison Planetarium, Naturalist Center, Curiosity Grove, and Discovery Tidepool, will remain temporarily closed for your safety. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to reopening these exhibits soon.

    **EBT, WIC, Lifeline Pass, Medi-Cal, and CATS cardholders may purchase their discounted tickets at the ticket window.


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    (415) 379-8000