Adventure awaits! Join or renew your membership before March 31, 2015 and receive FREE Behind-the-Scenes Tour ticket(s)* for special access to some of our 45 million specimens and nearly 40,000 live animals.

March is Member Appreciation Month! Experience what it means to live in today’s connected world and explore the Academy’s ecosystems from our living roof to our coral reef. Join us as we celebrate members all month long, with exclusive programs, complimentary docent-led walks, additional savings on retail and dining, and more. Your membership supports our bold mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.

See our Member Appreciation Month Program Guide for a list of special offers and events!

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Exclusive Programs and Events

Find an ever-changing array of members-only programs, events, and exhibit previews. Experience special animal feedings, family nature crafts, planetarium passes and shows, and discounts on lectures. And keep tabs on all of these exciting offerings through Academy member eNews and LIVE publications—and right here on the Academy website.

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Visit the Academy as often as you like and take advantage of special members-only hours: Sundays, 10 – 11 am and Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 am. Your personalized card gives you access to our members-only entrance and gets you through the doors quickly even on our busiest days.

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In the Bay Area and around the world, the Academy has touched millions of lives since its founding in 1853. Each new species discovered, biodiversity hotspot protected, science career launched, teacher trained, and environmental steward nurtured plays a vital role in furthering the Academy’s mission. And your membership supports this important work.



Save on a wide variety of Academy merchandise and activities, from shopping and dining purchases to tours, lectures, sleepovers, NightLife, and more.

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Members-Only Hours

Members-Only Hours

Tuesdays: 8:30–9:30 am
Sundays: 10–11 am

Your guest(s) are also welcome during members-only hours—please purchase additional tickets as necessary.

Membership Portal

My Membership Portal

Find your expiration date or update your address—and access valuable member discounts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I upgrade my membership? Are my guests allowed to use the special members' entrance? Find answers to these and other frequently asked questions about benefits, membership cards and more.

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*Free Behind-the-Scenes Ticket Details

Buy or renew your membership by March 31, 2015 and receive redeemable ticket(s) for our Behind-the-Scenes Tours. Individual, Senior, or Teacher Levels will receive one Behind-the-Scenes Tour ticket, and Family, Family Plus, or Associate Levels will receive two Behind-the-Scenes Tour tickets. Read more details about the Behind-the-Scenes Ticket Offer in Membership FAQs.