• An adult and child viewing the rainforest
    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.
  • Family uses interactive touchscreen in Hidden Wonders exhibit at the Academy
    And membership is the best way to take advantage of everything the Academy has to offer...
  • Masked female guest alone in Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel at Academy
    ...while making a positive impact at a time when it's needed most.

The Academy for you…plus two!

Photo illustration of penguin in winter cap swimming with Academy guest passes

We have a gift for you: the gift of science to share. Become a member by January 2, use your offer promo code, and you will receive two free guest passes* to give to family or friends!

Select your desired membership level below and then log in or create an account to checkout.

P.S. — Share the Academy experience! Delight the science buffs in your life with a gift membership.

*Use your promo code when purchasing a membership and receive two Daytime Admission passes. Free passes may be redeemed at the ticket window (with a copy of your purchase receipt), or by contacting us before your visit at membership@calacademy.org.


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!

Girl entering Nest structure in Wander Woods at the Academy

Wander Woods

Head outdoors to our nature play and exploration space for hands-on experiences that unleash imaginations and foster a deep connection to nature.


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Hidden Wonders

Get acquainted with some of our standout specimens. See cutting-edge tools used to gather, study, and care for specimens, and learn how collections propel scientific discoveries to regenerate the natural world.

Man and girl guest play a hands-on game in the Bugs exhibit at the Academy


Delight in the bizarre beauty of bugs, glimpse the world from their perspective, and learn how they’ve evolved some of their amazing adaptations and behaviors. Exhibit created by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Weta Workshop.

Hurry! Closes January 22.

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Lock in your membership with auto-renewal!

You’ll enjoy uninterrupted benefits and our best renewal rate every year. Plus, auto-renewal is the green, 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
  • 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
  • Invitations to members-only exhibit previews and events
  • Exclusive opportunities to hear from leading scientists and educators about our mission, initiatives, and expeditions
  • Subscriptions to Member Updates, LIVE, and bioGraphic digital publications
For your safety

Please note that our COVID-19 policies are subject to change. For the latest information, please visit our Health & Safety page before your visit.