California Academy of Sciences

Just one ticket is all you need to explore an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, 40,000 live animals, and engaging exhibits — all beneath a living roof.


General admission includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, the living roof, and a wide range of daily programs. Behind-the-scenes tours and NightLife events are priced separately.

By Foot, Bike, and Public Transportation

Save $3 on admission when you walk, bike, or take public transportation.

The Academy is centrally located on or near several bus and MUNI routes, including the N-Judah MUNI line, #44-O’Shaughnessy bus, and #5-Fulton bus.

Golden Gate Park Shuttle
Running 9 am – 6 pm every 15–20 minutes on Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays.

The shuttle stops at the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, National AIDS Memorial Grove, and many other popular destinations. Learn more

By Car

Street Parking
Non-metered, 3–4-hour street parking is available in many areas throughout Golden Gate Park. Please note: Automobile break-ins have been a problem in areas of Golden Gate Park. Please avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.

Music Concourse Parking Garage
Open 7 am – 7 pm Friday through Wednesday; 7 am – 11 pm most Thursdays. Hourly rate: $4.50 weekdays, $25 maximum; $5 weekends, $28 maximum.

If coming from the north, the garage is located on Fulton Street and 10th Avenue. From the south, enter the park from 9th Avenue and Lincoln Street; then take a right on Music Concourse Drive to enter. Please note: On weekends and holidays, the garage often fills to capacity early in the day. Public transportation is highly encouraged during these times. Music Concourse Community Partnership. Phone: 866-726-9609

Millberry Union Public Garage
Weekends only, $3/hr. Open 8 am – 7 pm Saturday – Wednesday; 8 am – 11 pm Thursday – Friday. Near N-Judah MUNI, 1.1 miles from the Academy
500 Parnassus
San Francisco, CA 94122

Kezar Stadium Parking Lot
Daily, $2.50/hr. Near #71 Noriega Bus, 1.2 miles from the Academy
755 Stanyan St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Failover Collection


Monday – Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Members can access the Academy one hour earlier on Tuesdays and Sundays. Last entry is at 4pm.

Music, creatures, and cocktails come together for NightLife. 21+
Thursdays 6 – 10pm