Children make their way to California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Just one ticket allows you to explore an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rainforest, 40,000 live animals, and more—all under one living roof.

Academy Hours

Daily:  9:30 am – 5 pm
Sundays: 11 am – 5 pm
Last entry at 4 pm

Member Hours:
Tuesdays: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sundays: 10 – 11 am
See our membership benefits page for details.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


General Admission Pricing
A visitor purchasing tickets in front of California Academy of Sciences.

General Admission Pricing

$34.95 - Adult
$29.95 - Senior (ages 65+)
$29.95 - Student
$29.95 - Youth (ages 12–17)
$24.95 - Child (ages 4–11)                      
Children ages 3 and under are free

General admission tickets include access to all museum and aquarium exhibits (including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof) plus a wide range of daily programs and activities such as dive shows, penguin feedings, and more.

Getting Here
A Muni bus on 9th street near Golden Gate Park.

Whether you prefer to travel by foot, bicycle, public transportation, or car, we've got you covered. Find directions using Google Maps, or click the link below to see additional details about everything from where to catch a bus to where to park your car.

Find us at:
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA


School Field Trips
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School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Generally, field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days and holidays. You can even book a weekend visit!

San Francisco school groups: Free
Other California school groups: $7.95 per person

What's On?

Make the most of your visit! Find out what featured events, special programs, and other unique opportunities are scheduled for the day you'll be here.


Take a moment to relax during your visit and enjoy a delicious meal or snack at one of two fantastic restaurants offering sustainable, locally sourced dishes.


Our four on-site retail locations and online store feature gift items that are sustainable, distinctive, educational, and fun for all ages! From limited-edition items inspired by our exhibits to seasonal specials, there's always something new.

Tips for Parents

Indoor and outdoor picnic locations (bring your own food or purchase ours), stroller parking, family restrooms, and more. We do everything we can to make your visit fun and easy.


The Academy provides a wide variety of services to welcome individuals with disabilities, including wheelchair access, accessible parking, assisted-listening devices, and accommodations for service animals.

Bay Area Lodging

If you're visiting from out of town, you'll find a number of hotel recommendations on our lodging page.

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Academy Hours

Academy Hours

Monday – Saturday
9:30 am – 5 pm

11 am – 5 pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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.

Academy Insider App

Academy Insider App

Download the Academy Insider, a free iPhone app packed with exhibit info, self-guided tours, a live daily programs feed, museum floor plans, and much more! 

Academy Insider

Visitor Map

Visitor Map

Prefer to plan your exploration in advance? Use your smartphone for way-finding? Just click here for an interactive map of the Academy and its exhibits. 

interactive visitor map

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