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

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Academy Insider

Download the Academy Insider, a free iPhone app that enhances the experience of exploring the California Academy of Sciences.

About this App

Home to Steinhart Aquarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, the Academy is one of San Francisco’s must-see destinations.

The Academy Insider app provides information on exhibits throughout the museum, self-guided tours, a live daily programs feed, museum floor plans, step-by-step directions, and other useful tools. Users can learn more about Academy exhibits through fun facts, quizzes, video and audio clips, and other interactive activities. The app also allows users to create their own customized tours. Additional activities are available for users to continue their exploration of the Academy at home.

App Features

  • Supplemental exhibit information and interactive activities (fun facts, quizzes, image hunts, video and audio clips, interactive maps, and more)
  • Self-guided tours that thematically connect exhibits
  • Ability to create customized tours
  • Send an email to an Academy naturalist
  • Sharing functionality (via email, Twitter, Facebook)
  • Museum floorplans with key landmarks
  • Get Directions functionality that provides step-by-step instructions on how to navigate throughout the museum
  • Live feed of Daily Programs with the ability to set a reminder for programs
  • Link to buy tickets and other useful visitor information

Now Available!


Academy Insider is now available for the iPhone and can be downloaded directly from the App Store.

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More Academy Apps


Check out the Academy’s other mobile applications, now available for download.