• Wedding reception in African Hall
    © Cliff Brunk Photography
  • Wedding ceremony in African Hall
    © Damian Hamilton Photography
  • Cocktail party in the main lobby
    © Damian Hamilton Photography
  • Wedding ceremony outside the rainforest
    © Kristy Ahumada Photography
  • Wedding reception dinner in the Swamp Gallery
    © Lisa Farrer Photography
  • Wedding reception in the Piazza
    © Lisa Farrer Photography
  • Wedding reception dinner in the Swamp
    © This Modern Romance Photography
  • Wedding ceremony in the Piazza
    © Tiny Water Photography
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We’ve got extraordinary weddings down to a science. Celebrate your wedding at the California Academy of Sciences, one of the most spectacular and unforgettable venues on Earth. Whether you say your vows in front of one of the deepest coral reef tanks in the world or in majestic African Hall (witnessed by a colony of splashing penguins), our stunning settings and event expertise ensure the wedding of a lifetime. To book a wedding, please begin by filling out a wedding inquiry form.

An Academy Wedding

When you host your wedding at the Academy, you and your guests will have the experience of a lifetime. Our seasoned wedding specialists will help you bring your wedding vision to rich, immersive life. With your inspiration and our attention to every detail, the possibilities are truly endless.

You can have both your ceremony and reception at the Academy. We have several event spaces available for your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. Choose from Osher Rainforest, Steinhart Aquarium, the Swamp, the Piazza, African Hall, the East or West Pavilions, or the Morrison Planetarium. (Please note the Morrison Planetarium is only available for ceremonies.) By having your event at the California Academy of Sciences, the largest Double LEED Platinum building in the world, we guarantee your elegant wedding will tread lightly on the planet.

Photo of dinner in the Piazza with living wall: © Andria Lo Photography

Museum Wedding Package

  • A private, furnished, and beautifully decorated wedding-ready room is available starting at 5 pm.
  • Access to the Living Roof for wedding party photos from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm.
  • Top-of-the-line equipment to meet essential wedding needs. AV services and charges will be determined after a walk-through with wedding consultant and AV Technician.
  • Based on availability, members of the Academy team can be hired to give tours to explain and highlight the Academy’s collections to your guests. Some team members are trained animal handlers and can bring snakes, lizards, and other animals out on the public floor. Our Aquarium trained team members can open and staff the Discovery Tidepool and Tour Guides can give your guests tours of the gem vault or living roof.
  • We provide our guests with on-site security, coat check and custodial staff. For more information, or to arrange a site tour, please fill out our inquiry form or contact Blanca Garay at (415) 379-5232.

 

Wedding guests dance in the Piazza.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Academy require a wedding coordinator/planner/consultant to oversee my event?
Yes. Your coordinator will be the central point of contact for all your vendors from beginning to end. Your coordinator should not be someone who is in your wedding party or an invited guest. We would be happy to provide you a list of coordinators who have facilitated events at the Academy.

Can I use my own caterer?
Only if they're a member of the Academy's list of approved caterers. Our approved caterers are committed to sustainably bringing you and your guests the delicious bounty of the Bay Area and are ready for your most creative requests. Please contact us for our approved caterers list.

Can our wedding begin early in the day?
The Academy opens to private events only after closing to the public. This gives you the chance to have one of the world’s most exciting museums all to yourself!

What about parking?
Parking is available in the Music Concourse Parking Garage but is not covered in the venue rental fee. If you are interested in hiring a valet service for your wedding guests, your wedding coordinator can arrange this with the Music Concourse Garage.

Can we rehearse our ceremony at the Academy?
Yes! The Facility Rentals team at the Academy will be happy to arrange this for you.

Do Academy members get a discount?
We regret that we are unable to offer discounts to our members. However, please keep in mind that all proceeds from events directly benefit the Academy's research and sustainability priorities.

Small Image Credits:
© Andria Lo Photography (Dinner in Piazza with living wall)
© California Academy of Sciences (Rehearsal dinner in Hohfeld Hall)
© Jason Mongue (Pre- and post-wedding events)
© California Academy of Sciences (Photo Story Book)
© Meg and Michael Photography (Dancers in the Piazza)
© Jana Shields Photography (Vibrant Modern Wedding at the Academy)

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Rehearsal Dinners

Start your celebration with a rehearsal dinner in one of the Academy’s unique spaces.

Photo: California Academy of Sciences

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Pre- and Post-Wedding Events

Looking for great activities with friends and family before and after your special day? Celebrate with a NightLife Private Lounge, evening Rooftop Package, general admission tickets or a Behind-the-Scenes tour.

Photo: Jason Mongue

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Wedding Favors

Cherish the memories of your celebration with customized Academy mementos, from photobooks to gifts and keepsakes.

Photobook