55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
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Sunday

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Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

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Notices

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.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of Oct. 3–5. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

 

Membership

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.

Come discover the BigPicture! Join or renew today and receive FREE general admission ticket(s)* and share a new perspective on the natural world with your friends and family. Plus, enjoy special member programs, savings and more during October!

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Gain a new perspective on the natural world! Join or renew today and receive FREE general admission tickets*, and celebrate with us throughout October’s Member Appreciation Month.

Your membership supports our efforts to explore, explain, and sustain life. Thank you!

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Members Benefits

All Members enjoy a full year of benefits, including:

  • Free unlimited daily admission
  • Members-only hours: Sun. 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Tues. 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Members-only entrance
  • Personalized member card
  • Planetarium shows and passes for members only
  • Invitations to members-only events and exhibit previews
  • Members-only Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
  • 10% savings on dining at Academy Cafe and the Moss Room
  • Up to 20% savings on special lectures, Academy tours, Penguins+Pajamas
    and NightLife
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews

Membership Plans

Individual $149

For one cardholder and a guest

Family $249

For two cardholders and your children/grandchildren

Family Plus $299

For two cardholders, your children/grandchildren, plus two additional guests

Associate $500

For two cardholders, your children/grandchildren, plus two additional guests

Friends of the Academy

Explorers $1,000+

Interested in higher levels of giving? By joining the Friends of the Academy, you have the opportunity to inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to the scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of lifelong learners. The deeper your engagement, the closer you get – and the bigger your impact.

For information on giving at $1,000 or above, please explore the Friends of the Academy.

Discounted Memberships

Senior $99

Teacher $99

Renew your Academy membership by October 31, 2014 using promo code BP17 and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Teacher and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.

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Share a new perspective on the natural world with friends and family. Join or renew today and receive FREE general admission tickets*—just in time to enjoy exclusive programs and savings throughout October's Member Appreciation Month.

Your gift membership supports our efforts to explore, explain, and sustain life. Thank you!

Purchase Gift Membership

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited free admission
  • Members-only hours: Sundays from 10:00 - 11:00 am and Tuesdays
    from 8:30 - 9:30 am
  • Members-only entrance and help desk
  • Members-only Planetarium shows and passes
  • Members-only Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
  • Invitations to member-only events and exhibit previews
  • Up to 20% savings on special lectures, Academy tours, Penguins+Pajamas
    and NightLife
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews
  • Personalized member card

*Purchase a gift membership by October 31, 2014 using promo code BP17 and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Teacher and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.

It's Member Appreciation Month!

Come see the Academy in a new light. Join or renew today and receive FREE general admission tickets.* Share enthralling views of the natural world with friends and family, and enjoy special offers, great new programs, and more!

Special Offers

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Special Membership Offer! Join or renew today and receive FREE general admission tickets.* Celebrate October's Member Appreciation Month and share a new perspective on the natural world with friends and family.

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Special savings this Month Only—Just for Members!

Shopping—Save 20% (regularly 10%)
Get a jump on your holiday shopping—and save 20% this month. Plus, shop or visit during members’ hours and receive an additional 20% off voucher for your holiday shopping (valid 11/1-12/13/14). For online purchases, enter your membership number to save. In-store pickup available.)

Photos—Save 20% (regularly 10%)
Capture your Academy memories with professional on-site photos.

Dining—Members still save 10%.
Simply present your membership card to save.

*Join or renew your Academy membership by October 31, 2014 using promo code BP17 and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Teacher and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.

Special Programs for Members Only

Planetarium and Holfield Hall

New! Eyes on Mars

Tuesdays, 9:30 am and Sundays 10:30 am, Planetarium

Explore the surface of the Red Planet with stunning images from NASA. Discover craters, canyons, and evidence of Mars’ watery past. Recommended for ages 7 and over.

Shapes in the Sky

Tuesdays, 9:00 am, Hohfeld Hall

Bring the little ones and come explore the sun, moon, and shapes in our night sky. Then head to the Early Explorers Cove for a fun activity about the moon and constellations. All ages welcome, including age 3 and under.

Solar Eclipse Show

Sundays, 10:40 am, Hohfeld Hall

Explore the science behind a solar eclipse, one of nature’s most spectacular events. Ever wonder why do they occur? How to view it safely? Learn these answers and more in a live presentation led by Academy experts. Open to all ages. Showing through October 23.

Curiosity on Mars

Sundays, 10:40 am, Hohfeld Hall

Check out what Curiosity rover been up to since its thrilling landing on the Red Planet. Learn about the latest discoveries from our robotic explorers in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters. Open to all ages. Begins October 23.

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Introduction to Nature Photography for Youth

Sunday, October 12, 1:00–4:00 pm

Learn the basics of nature photography with Academy photo editor Kathryn Whitney. $35 members, space is limited. Ages 15–18; visit calacademy.org/lectures for details.

Snapshots and Specimens Docent Walk

Snapshots and Specimens Docent Walk—Free for Members

Tuesdays and Sundays at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, Lobby

Focus in on the BigPicture exhibit and our rarely-seen collections with our docents and learn about the importance of conservation photography. Space is limited. Recommended for ages 8 and over. Sign up the day of the tour at the Information Desk. First come, first served.

Claude feeding

Claude Feeding

Sundays, October 5 and 19, 10:15 am, Swamp

Join our biologists for a live feeding of our albino alligator and find out what he eats for breakfast.

Shark Feeding

Tuesdays, October 12 and 26, 10:15 am, Shark Lagoon

Watch as blacktip reef and bamboo sharks gather round for a lively feeding.

Snake Feeding

Tuesday, October 14, 8:45 am, Amazon Gallery

See our anaconda, red-tailed boa, and rainbow boa slither and snack during this biologist-led feeding.

Family Nature Crafts at the California Academy of Sciences

Family Nature Crafts

Members-only: Sunday, 10–11 am, Swamp

All guests: Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Swamp

Design a nature-themed treasure to take home—the first hour is just for members. Great for ages 5–11. Craft themes change each week:

Oct. 5: Dutch Windmill
Make a Dutch windmill with working blades. Visit the beautiful Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden in Golden Gate Park to see a real windmill.

Oct. 12: Moon Bridge
Make a miniature model of a moon bridge over a koi pond. You can see the real thing if you visit the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Oct. 19: Rafflesia Flower Game
Learn about this very smelly flower, and make a fun game of skill. See a replica of the flower on Level One of the Osher Rainforest!

Oct. 26: Orb Spider Web
Make an orb spider, complete with web, then visit the real arachnids in the rainforest.

Penguin and children at the California Academy of Sciences

Penguin Feeding

Sundays, 10:30 am, Tusher African Hall

Watch the birds dip and dive in their tank at the end of African Hall as a biologist dons a wet suit and hands out vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin.

Aquatic Take Along

Aquatic Take Along: a preschool child's introduction to Steinhart Aquarium

Daily, Early Explorers Cove, Ages 2–7

Journey through the aquarium by reading aloud from a set of narrative cards. Learn more about ten selected animals by using fun props like castanets, suction cups, and faux fins. Check out an Aquatic Take Along bag from the Early Explorers Cove, available every day until 2:00pm.

The Aquatic Take Along bag is the property of the California Academy of Sciences; participants must return the bag and all of its contents to the Early Explorers Cove by 4:30pm, or before exiting the Academy. Free with presentation of a valid Academy Member ID. Supplies are limited and will be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Access for Members

Early Explorers Cove at the California Academy of Sciences

Early Explorers Cove (ages 0 to 5 and adult friends)

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Enjoy members-only hours in the cove with your little ones. Enjoy the garden shed, infant tide pool, farmer’s market, coral reef and more!

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Child at tidepool at the California Academy of Sciences

Touch Tidepool

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Steinhart Aquarium

Explore our Touch Tidepool during members’ hour and shake hands with a sea star and other friendly creatures. Our docents will supply plenty of information and allow you to handle the animals too!

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Children learning in the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences

Naturalist Center

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Level 3

Enjoy members’ hour up in our Naturalist Center and examine a wide variety of specimens, engage in a range of activities, conduct research, ask questions and connect with staff members.

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Rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences

Rainforest of the World

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Main floor

Step inside a living 4-story rainforest during members’ hour. Meet chameleons from Madagascar, climb into the tree-tops of Costa Rica to find free-flying birds and butterflies. Finally, descend in a glass elevator into the Amazonian flooded forest, where an acrylic tunnel allows you to walk beneath the catfish and arapaima that swim overhead.

Learn more

Human Odyssey exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences

Human Odyssey

Sundays, 10:00–11:00 am, African Hall

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in Human Odyssey. Compare fossils of early human relatives, walk alongside a computer animation of the famous “Lucy” skeleton, map our species’ extensive journey across the world, and follow the clues that scientists use to investigate our past.

Earthquake exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences

Earthquake

Sundays, 10:00–11:00 am, African Hall

Prepare to be moved! Delve into the science behind earthquakes and learn how societies prepare for and respond to these destructive phenomena. Experience a high-magnitude jolt in our earthquake simulator, fly over and into our dynamic planet in an immersive planetarium show, and explore the impacts of the largest disaster in San Francisco’s history.

Tusher African Hall diorama at the California Academy of Sciences

Tusher African Hall

Sundays, 10:00–11:00 am, African Hall

Take a virtual safari through Africa by exploring majestic dioramas of African landscapes. Lions and cheetahs face off with zebras and antelope through the glass windows of their detailed displays, and a lowland gorilla invites you to ponder your ancestry.

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What our Members Say

   

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I've been visiting the academy for 45 years (since I was in kindergarden) and continue to marvel at the amazing things I find each time I'm there.

- Michael A.

Over the years, I've brought my nieces and nephews to the Academy. I love witnessing their excitement to discover something new and interesting.

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The Academy's overall theme of protecting our fragile planet has made them a great messenger.

- Michael A.

As a member with a small child, we visit regularly and concentrate a few areas. Each time, the experience is fresh, exciting, and different!

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Love it at the Academy! My family has a membership and we go at least once a month and always discover something new.

- Felicia G.

We love the member benefits—10% discount in the cafe, early entrance on Sundays, and holiday night.

- Felicia G.

My daughter loves the Academy. It's the only museum she really wants to visit! I love seeing her so engaged. Our membership is worth every penny!

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Amazing smiles on children and adults alike. The smile factor has no age limit. I am proud to be a member and look forward to bringing my future grandchildren.

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My young son and I frequently visit during the early members-only hour on Tuesday mornings. He’s growing up with the Academy playing a vital role in his development.

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I have been going there since I was a kid. Took my daughter was she was a child and now take my granddaughters. So, three generations, two memberships and still going strong!

- Barbara M.

I love the Academy! From the Planetarium to the Aquarium to the Earthquake exhibit, there is something for everyone. It is well worth the membership!

- Michelle R.

Friend Testimonials

   

Lauren Hall

Lauren Hall

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“I have always been fascinated by infectious disease: everything from prions and viruses to protozoans and worms. Everyone in my family is mad for science, and we always take friends and family to the Academy when they visit. Whether it's Steinhart Aquarium, a Planetarium show, or a lecture on stem cells, there's something to interest everyone. We support the Academy knowing that our gift supports scientific research, exploration and education”

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Lucy Bowen Taylor

Lucy Bowen Taylor

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“The Academy has been a wonderful resource for my family when we're looking to do something that is fun, inspiring, and expands the way we see our world. There's no better way to learn than by doing, and our whole family has loved things like shaking in an earthquake, seeing an alligator up close, or powering a light bulb from a piece of fruit. The warm and friendly staff engage our kids so that they learn without realizing they are being taught”

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Summer Tompkins Walker

Summer Tompkins Walker

Friends Steering Committee member and Friend of the Academy

“At age 11 I had my first BIG encounter with the wildness of the ocean. I was moved deeply by the intensity of its unique ecosystem rich in diversity of sea life and its complex underworld. It left me wanting to make sure that we never let such dynamic ecosystems be put in jeopardy. The diversity and wildness of life is truly captivating to me and I hope to protect as much of what is left for my children and future generations.”

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Laura and Mike Patnode

Laura and Mike Patnode

Friends of the Academy

“The Academy presents long-term value by increasing our investment in science and education and helping form the sort of world we want our children to grow up in. We need to make sure our children have the skills they need to solve problems, and the biggest thing is to educate children about science. We take every opportunity to talk about the Academy with friends and family —I feel good being associated with such a wonderful place and doing my part to promote it.”

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Martha Kropf

Martha Kropf

Former Docent, Honorary Trustee, and Friend of the Academy

“I’m passionate about informal science education, grounded in the research and science of the Academy. Science and engagement — that’s what the Academy is all about.”

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Joann Franklin-Knox

Joann Franklin-Knox

Academy Docent and Ten-Year Member of Friends of the Academy

“What is so worthwhile about the Friends is reaching out to the community and inspiring and informing them of what we are all about. As they begin to understand the remarkable work the Academy is doing, they become supportive as well. It’s an extended community.”

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