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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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Gift Memberships

Thank you for sharing the wonder of the Academy and supporting our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life.

Gift Memberships

Purchase a gift membership for your friends and family and give them unlimited visits to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof.

Personalized Gift Membership
Personalized Gift Memberships arrive with Academy membership card(s) in the name of the gift recipient. The membership is valid the day the membership is processed. No redemption or activation is required. Use this option if you want your gift sent directly to the recipient.

Membership Gift Voucher
Members Gift Vouchers are redeemable from one year of purchase date by mail or upon visit. The membership will begin the date on which the voucher is redeemed. These vouchers will be sent to the buyer.

Gift Membership Delivery
Personalized Gift Memberships can be mailed to the purchaser or the gift recipient. If you would like a voucher to be mailed to the gift recipient, please call our membership department during regular business hours at (415) 379-8098 for our assistance and we will be happy to help.

Gift memberships could take up to 1–2 weeks from date of purchase to arrive.

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Need your Gift Membership today?
Come by our box office during museum hours or call 1-800-794-7576 between 8 am and 5 pm daily.

All memberships include these benefits:

  • 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
  • Free admission to Pritzker Lectures
  • 10% savings on dining at Academy Cafe and the Moss Room
  • 10–25% savings on shopping, special lectures, Behind-the-Scenes Tour and NightLife
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews

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(800) 794-7576
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California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Members-only Hours


Sundays: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tuesdays: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Share the Academy experience with friends and family. You are welcome to bring your guest(s) and purchase additional tickets as necessary during members-only hours.

Frequently Asked


Question: Can I buy a gift membership?


Question: Can I apply ticket purchases toward a conversion to a Membership plan?


Question: Is the members–only line always available?


Question: Do I need to present my membership card for my free admission?


Question: Does the Academy offer reciprocal members’ admission at other institutions or participate in the Association of Science-Technology Centers Passport Program?


Question: What happens if I lose my Membership card?


Question: Does the Academy participate in a matching gift program?


Donor Bill of Rights


The Academy adheres to the national Donor Bill of Rights, promulgated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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