T. rex skeleton at main entrance of California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

The Academy is open every day of the year, including all federal holidays.

One general admission ticket grants access to everything under our living roof: aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Check the Daily Calendar for information on planetarium shows, animal feedings, and other exciting programs.

11/17 update: Due to continued poor air quality, all outdoor spaces, including the 'Tis the Season for Science exhibit and Holiday Ice Rink, will remain closed today. We're sorry for the inconvenience and will update this space if anything changes!

Museum Hours

General Admission
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sunday: 10 – 11 am

NightLife (21+ with ID)
Thursday: 6 – 10 pm

Holiday Hours
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving): 10 am – 3 pm
Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 9:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day): 11 am – 5 pm
Monday, December 31 (New Year's Eve): 9:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (New Year's Day): 9:30 am – 5 pm

Extended Hours
Friday, November 23: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday, November 24: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, December 26: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Thursday, December 27: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Friday, December 28: 9:30 am – 6 pm

Last entry one hour before closing.


General Admission

Please note: The general admission ticket prices below reflect peak pricing rates currently in effect at the Academy ticket window through January 6, 2019. Save $4 per ticket when you buy online!

$39.95 — Adult
$34.95 — Senior (ages 65+ with ID) 
$34.95 — Youth (ages 12-17)
$34.95 — Student (ages 18+ with ID)
$29.95 — Child (ages 4-11)
FREE — Children 3 and under and Academy members



An Academy membership gets you year-round access to cutting-edge exhibits, eye-popping planetarium shows, and one of the most biodiverse aquariums on Earth—all for the price of about two visits.


Ticketed Events & Experiences

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


Visit for Free


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.

Community Free Days
Thank you for making our first Community Free Days a success! We'll update this page with information on future free days. 

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

Community Access Programs
The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations. 


Groups & Field Trips

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. 

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

New Member Offer Fine Print (Nov 2018)

*Join by November 18, 2018, using promo code FREETICKET and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer for new members only. Offer available for Individual, Individual Plus, Community Value, Teacher, and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Not valid on Explorer or higher levels. Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.