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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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Host an Event at the Academy

How do you give guests an experience they’ll never forget? Celebrate at the California Academy of Sciences, where we’ve got the art of hosting inspired events down to a science.


Imagine hors d’oeuvres inside Steinhart Aquarium, an underwater wonderland with a living coral reef. Picture a luxurious five-course dinner amidst the dioramas of Tusher African Hall, cocktails by the alligators in the Swamp, or a product launch in Morrison Planetarium.

With 12 stunning settings to choose from, the Academy can produce anything from an intimate wedding party to an extravaganza for 3,000 guests. And it all comes with behind-the-scenes expertise that ensures the highest standards of excellence.

To book an event please fill out an inquiry form.

Top Catering

The Academy has singled out the Bay Area’s top catering professionals.  Each company meets our careful standards for taste, variety, presentation, and sustainability.  Sourcing locally whenever possible, emphasizing organic and sustainable foods- Academy-preferred caterers are committed to bringing your guests the delicious bounty of the Bay Area.

 Approved Caterers [210k]

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Tiny Frog

Bring your guests to a place where the entertainment flies in on real wings, the decorative plants are four-stories tall, and the hosts were born wearing tuxedos. Treat your guests to one of the Academy’s awe-inspiring and visually moving Planetarium shows, or make use of our cutting edge Planetarium and state-of-the art digital projection system and customize your own!  Additional premium services include hawk-handlers and snake wranglers, feeding time at the shark tank, deep-sea divers revealing secrets of the coral reef, and a “vault” of rarely seen treasures.

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Wedding Ceremony
& Reception Venues


Wedding Ceremony Venues and Reception Spaces

Start planning the wedding of a lifetime, at the only museum with an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and living roof.

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Location Filming
& Photo Shoot


Interested in using the Academy as a location for your upcoming commercial photography or film project?

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