Now's your chance to explore the ocean floor, rainforest canopy, outer reaches of the Universe—and everything in between—on a year-long adventure as an Academy Member.

Membership is a great value and pays for itself in as few as two visits! With a full year of exciting new exhibits and special events ahead, there’s never been a better time to become a member. Memberships are tax-deductible and can pay for themselves in as few as two visits. 

Watch as a diver plunges into one of the deepest living coral reef exhibits in the world. Explore the layers of a rainforest canopy—and the creatures that call it home. Investigate the great mysteries of the cosmos—or the complexities and fragility of our planet’s ecosystems—in our latest planetarium show. Then examine the evidence for evolutionary change while a colony of African penguins frolics nearby. And feel proud knowing that your support makes a vital difference in our efforts to explore and explain the natural world, and to address the challenges of sustaining life on this planet.

Woman and child look at African penguins in Tusher African Hall.


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.


Something New to See with Every Visit

Exhibits Coming Soon

When you're a member, you can see it all! See what we've got in store for you--from a live Rainforest 3D show, to our new Planetarium show, Incoming! Asteroids, Comets, and the Hard-Hitting Stories of Our Cosmic Origins.

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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.

Young boy looks at marine life in the Steinhart Aquarium.


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.



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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.

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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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My Membership Portal

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