55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Ticket Donations
California Academy of Sciences building

Your non-profit organization can request up to four free general admission tickets per year for fundraising efforts.

To request admission to the Academy for your fundraising event, please complete an application by clicking on the link below. In an effort to be more sustainable, donation requests can only be submitted online. If approved, the tickets will be emailed to the address provided on the application. We appreciate your support of our mission.

The maximum donation available to each organization is 4 general admission tickets per year. California Academy of Sciences tickets are not for resale. Specialty Tours, Special Events, and Memberships are not available as part of our donation program. If approved, please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your tickets.

We regret that applications submitted with less than 4 weeks’ notice may be declined. For more information please contact us at (415) 379-8000.

Start the application process

Frequently Asked Questions



Monday - Saturday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm


11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

The Academy is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Please Note


Demand can exceed capacity for many of our exhibits and attractions. We cannot guarantee admittance to every attraction during your visit.