• Female guests of varying ages look at blue macaws in Osher Rainforest exhibit at Cal Academy
    “The Academy is where you can discover how we all fit into the vast mosaic of life on Earth. ” —Dr. Sarah Jacobs, Assistant Curator of Botany
  • Plant-covered rolling hills of Cal Academy Living Roof against bright blue sky
    Summer at the Academy ignites your sense of wonder as you explore California’s rich biodiversity.
  • Heliconia butterfly on a flower in Osher Rainforest at Cal Academy
    This season, dive deeper into nature to not only witness but actively participate in its renewal.
  • 2 girls with facepainted foreheads look at an interactive screen in a Cal Academy exhibit
    A world of discovery awaits you as a member—and we couldn't do it without you. Thank you!

Just for you: the offer of a lifetime

Heliconia butterfly lands on orange and pink flowers

Imagine sharing limitless special moments with friends and family here at the Academy, where each exhibit sparks curiosity, wonder, and a tradition of celebrating our planet's marvels.

A Lifetime membership* offers you exhilarating scientific exploration, enduring value, and fulfilling entertainment—for the rest of your life!

Join our Academy family today and you could win one of three (3) Lifetime Family memberships. It’s easy! Become a member by July 4 using your personal promo code and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing for a Lifetime Family membership.

*See complete California Academy of Sciences Lifetime Membership Sweepstakes Official Rules.


Best value! Family Plus $349

Family with baby look at African penguins

Family Plus members enjoy full benefits for 2 adults and children 17 and under, 1 named caregiver (optional), and 2 guests per visit.



Family $279

3 kids looking through porthole at stingrays in Reef Lagoon exhibit

Family members enjoy full benefits for 2 adults and children 17 and under per visit.


Individual Plus $159

Young member couple observing the Giants of Land and Sea exhibition at the Academy

Individual Plus members enjoy full benefits for 1 adult and 1 guest per visit.


Senior $99

Senior member couple observing Philippine Coral Reef exhibit at the Academy

Senior members enjoy full benefits for 1 senior (65+) and 1 guest per visit.


See what's new under our Living Roof!

Colorful mural featuring illustrations of Bay Area city and nature scenes

California: State of Nature

Witness the awe-inspiring biodiversity of California in this new exhibition! Discover unexpected connections between the incredible species, places, and people essential for California's unique, thriving ecosystems.

Still image of supernova explosion from Spark: The Universe in Us planetarium show at the Academy

Spark: The Universe in Us

Narrated by Diego Luna, our newest original planetarium film explores how hundreds of millions of celestial events have forged the elements that make up the Solar System, Earth, and us!

Girl entering fanciful "nest" structure made of woven tree branches in Wander Woods at Cal Academy

Wander Woods

Summer days are made for outdoor nature play and exploration. For the young at heart, Wander Woods is a wild antidote to our digital world.

2 colorful mineral specimens from Cal Academy gem and mineral exhibit
Lock in your membership with auto-renewal!

You’ll enjoy uninterrupted benefits and our best renewal rate every year. Plus, auto-renewal is the environmentally friendly choice.

Membership benefits

All Academy members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free unlimited Daytime Admission to the museum
  • Special members’ entrance
  • Tuesday Member Hour and the Jerry Hume Sunday Member Hour
  • Early-access exhibition previews
  • Discounts on shopping, dining, tours, lectures, and more
  • Exclusive members-only programs and activities (in-person and online)
  • Special planetarium shows with advance reservations for members only
  • Exclusive opportunities to hear from leading scientists and educators about our mission, initiatives, and expeditions
  • Subscriptions to Member Updates e-newsletter and bioGraphic digital magazine