The Academy is the Bay Area's home for science.
Hands-on exhibits inspire guests of all ages.
Get up close and personal with real ocean animals.
Friendly, knowledgeable docents bring science to life.
We’re proud to open our doors to the entire Bay Area community and provide access to world-class science education and cutting-edge exhibits for everyone. Learn about our free and low-cost admission opportunities, school and youth field trips, and other access programs.
We’re committed to making our exhibits, programs, and digital offerings accessible to everyone. We provide a range of services to welcome individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair access, accessible parking, and accommodations for service animals.
Admission is free for everyone on select Sundays each year, thanks to generous support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand and environmentally-friendly transportation is highly encouraged! Our next Free Sunday will take place in September. Please check back for the next date soon!
All San Francisco residents receive free admission to the Academy on two designated Neighborhood Free Weekends per year, thanks to generous support from Target. Determined by zip code of residence, these free weekends grant free admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of a given weekend and are offered every fall and spring.
The Academy provides passes to moderate- to low-income neighborhood libraries, in San Francisco, Richmond, Alameda, Contra Costa, Berkeley, Oakland, as well as over 40 other local library systems. Families with children can check out passes for participating cultural institutions, including the Academy, from their local public library branch. The pass is valid for families of 4-6 with children up to age 18. Please check your local branch regarding distribution.
CATS provides experiences to tens of thousands of people who otherwise could not afford to visit through partnerships with hundreds of social-service organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, YMCA, and others.
If you have an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) or WIC card, simply present it at the ticket window when you arrive to receive $3 general admission. Limit 4 per group.
School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days and holidays. You can even book a weekend visit! All school groups from the City and County of San Francisco receive free admission to the Academy. All other California school groups receive a discounted group rate.
The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Enhanced Museum Visits Program supports field trips for 4th- and 5th- grade students in San Francisco. Free transportation, admission, and educational materials are all provided by this program.
All children ages 3 and under receive free admission to the Academy everyday.
Every Thursday night, adults 21+ can visit the museum for a significantly reduced price during NightLife from 6-10 pm. In addition to access to all Academy exhibits, including planetarium shows, NightLife attendees enjoy live music and special programming.
Academy memberships are always a great value and pay for themselves in just 2-3 visits. Membership installment plans provide an accessible payment option that enables members to pay for the cost of a membership with an initial down payment and easy monthly installments, as low as $6 a month.
By lowering barriers to entry—whether cost, access, language, or culture—we’re creating an Academy for All.