Thank you for your interest in using the Academy as a commercial location for your upcoming project. These guidelines detail the general parameters
related to commercial filming or photographing at all locations in and immediately adjacent to the Academy, including the interior or exterior of the
building, exhibits, gardens, and living roof. Filming and photography includes both still and motion footage, and filming in any recognizable form.
If you have questions, please contact us to discuss your project, or arrange for a personal tour of the facility.
Permission to film or photograph for commercial purposes is granted only after review of the proposed project and the determination by the Academy,
in its sole and absolute discretion, that the project is consistent with the Academy’s mission and brand and will not disrupt the visitor
experience or daily operations. Permission can only be obtained from the Marketing & Communications Department.
All projects must complete and submit the Commercial Photography and Filming Request Form. The Academy reserves the right to grant or deny permission
to shoot, in its sole and absolute discretion, and to determine the terms under which shooting will be permitted.
If you wish to film on the park grounds directly adjacent to the Academy, you will need to obtain a San Francisco Recreation and Parks
For questions or additional information on location options and commercial filming/shooting please fill out inquiry form.
Special Events Department
Fees are determined using a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the nature and purpose of the project, its
intended market/audience, its potential promotional value to the Academy, the extent to which the Academy will be credited, scope of
disruption to the visitor experience, required Academy staff support for the project duration, and the extent to which the rights of
the final product are shared with and of interest to the Academy. A deposit of 50% of the estimated fees is required to be delivered
not less than two weeks prior to use.
Specific fees associated with individual projects will be assessed and quoted after receipt of Commercial Photography and Filming
Request Form and would exclude the addition of $200/day for additional janitorial and security and $300/day for an Academy location
manager. Payment of all agreed-upon fees must be received prior to shooting/filming. Any additional costs or damages would be assessed,
billed and paid upon the completion of the project.
Insurance requirements will be determined by the Academy on a project-by-project basis. Proof of compliance with the insurance requirements
must be provided in advance of the shooting/filming.
At least a two week scheduling window is preferred whenever possible. The Academy will attempt to accommodate tighter schedules when reasonably
possible. Interior filming/shoots should be scheduled outside public opening hours whenever possible. Evening availability will depend upon
special events calendar and current bookings. Two weeks cancellation notice is required to avoid a cancellation fee, a 50% cancelation fee
is applicable if canceled with less than two weeks notice, and a 100% cancelation fee is applicable if canceled with less than one week’s
The Academy exhibits, animals and plants may not be moved or altered in any way. In no event shall animals or plants be brought into the building.
All crews, equipment and sets brought on site must be approved in advance and nothing may be permanently attached to walls, structures, windows
or exhibits. Any and all materials brought in must be removed al the close of each day by the crew. Users are fully responsible for any and all
damages occurring at the Academy as a result of the filming/shoot, and for paying for all repairs deemed necessary by the Academy. If at any
time the activities disrupt the animals, visitors or building operations, the Academy reserves the right to require the rescheduling or cancelation
of the activities.
Final approved scripts and content boards, including any and all scenes or layouts that include the Academy must be submitted to the Marketing
Department at least two weeks prior to the project date. The Academy reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to review and
approve all content and scenes and approve or deny the use of its names or images in any context.
The Academy’s name and logo are trademarks and are owned by the California Academy of Sciences. The content of any electronic or printed
material referencing and/or including identifiable property, including but not limited to trademarks, of the Academy, including such content
in film, audio, Internet, and/or other programs, promotional materials, signs, posters, and/or tickets, may not be utilized in any manner
and/or for any purpose without the prior written consent of the Academy in its sole discretion. Any goodwill arising from the approved use
of any Academy property shall inure to the benefit of the Academy.
The Academy encourages all users and vendors to use sustainable practices whenever possible. Lighting, electrical and sound equipment must be
discussed and approved by the Academy prior to shooting. Many exhibits are excluded from flash photography. No smoking is allowed anywhere in
the museum or on park grounds. Catering for internal consumption must be contracted through Moss & Stone our sustainable, in-house vendor.
The Academy cannot arrange for or guarantee parking in the park or garage. Parking permits can be obtained from the San Francisco Recreation
and Parks Department by contacting Jim Jackson at (415) 831-5500 in the Film Permits Department. Garage parking can be arranged for a fee
by contacting John Steele at City Park (415) 495-3909 x 520. Parking must be arranged in advance and adhered to strictly. Users will only
be allowed access to the Academy loading dock and fire roads for load-in and load-out periods.
Please fill out this form so that we can assist you with your inquiry.