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!
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
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
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.
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
Ticketed Events & Experiences
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
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Purchase a new membership by November 18 and get FREE general admission ticket(s)!* The perfect treat for out-of-town guests, friends, and neighbors. Use promo code FREETICKET.
*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.