• 3 kids looking at fish in the California Coast exhibit at the Academy
    The Academy is the only place on Earth where you can experience an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.
  • 3 guests look at a cross section of a giant redwood tree in the Giants of Land and Sea exhibition at the Academy
    And membership is the best way to take advantage of everything the Academy has to offer...
  • An Academy docent shows a coral specimen to museum guests
    ...while making a positive impact at a time when it's needed most.

Join for free Eclipse Shades to safely watch the eclipse!

Eclipse Shades with Academy logo against a white background

This fall we invite you to view our natural world through multiple lenses. Our historic year continues, with the Steinhart Aquarium Centennial, Members’ Month, solar eclipse viewing, and exciting new exhibits and learning opportunities. Join today and experience them all, as a member!

Become a member by midnight October 1, use your offer promo code, and receive up to four pairs of Eclipse Shades.* Safely watch the solar eclipse with us the morning of October 14. Members will enjoy an exclusive, members-only guide, docent-led activities, and eclipse arts and crafts. Then save your Eclipse Shades to safely view the total eclipse next April.

*To claim your complimentary Eclipse Shades, please show your membership purchase receipt email to the Academy Store cashier to receive up to four pairs of shades (while supplies last). The eclipse takes place before we open on October 14, so plan your gift pickup accordingly.


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

2 colorful Gouldian finches on a perch

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


Individual Plus $159

Golden mantella frog

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


Senior $99

Blue morpho butterfly

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


See what's new under our Living Roof!

Steinhart Aquarium Centennial wordmark with stylized illustration of Moorish Idol fish

Steinhart Aquarium Centennial

Join us for a weekend of opportunities to see our happy, healthy, and engaged animal residents in action and learn about our research and programs from aquarium biologists. September 29-October 1.

Young girl touches huge amethyst geode on a docent cart at the Academy

Members' Month (October)

Exclusive special events and programs (onsite and online) celebrate generous supporters like you, all month long. Watch your inbox for your invitations!

Illustration of sauropod dinosaurs

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs

Learn about sauropods through life-size models, fossil casts, playful interactives, and all-ages programs that bring these prehistoric giants to life in fun, new ways.

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Coolture Marketing, Bogotá, Colombia.

Illustration of Argentinosaurus dinosaur
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 (skip the lines)
  • Members-only hours
  • 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, LIVE, and bioGraphic digital publications