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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See the World in Just One Day

Explore Earth, ocean and space—all in one place. Come face to face with live animals and meet real scientists.

New Planetarium Show: Dark Universe

What you can’t see will amaze you.

Narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, this immersive planetarium show features exquisite renderings of enigmatic cosmic phenomena, seminal scientific instruments, and spectacular scenes in deep space. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to the far reaches of space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring how our understanding of the Universe has evolved over time.

Now playing. Check our calendar for show times.

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Show tickets are included with General Admission. Please remember: shows may not be appropriate for kids 6 and under, children 3 and under are not permitted.

Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.

Feel the Earth Quake

Shake House at the California Academy of Sciences

Visit our Shake House and travel back in time to see, hear and feel the city’s two biggest quakes, the 6.9–magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake and the 7.9–magnitude Great San Francisco quake of 1906.

Take a Virtual African Safari

Tusher African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences

Explore Tusher African Hall and walk alongside majestic dioramas of African landscapes. Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in Human Odyssey. Visit our African penguin colony and watch feedings daily at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.

Experience the Academy

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Just one ticket lets you explore the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rainforest, 38,000 live animals and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof.

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Benefits include:

  • Unlimited admission for one year
  • Members-only entrance and access hours
  • Invitations to special events
  • Special discounts on shopping, dining, and more



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