Aerial shot of guests next to Reef Lagoon

Nine Bay Area counties. One Academy community.

Community Tickets are a new way to provide free Academy admission for families and individuals for whom cost of admission is a barrier. In partnership with health and human services agencies in all nine Bay Area counties, we're excited to make science even more accessible by offering 33,000 free tickets on select dates.

The next Community Tickets dates are October 18-21 and November 1-4. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning September 30.

Limit 4 tickets per guest. For parties larger than 4, additional admission tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket window.


Top 6 Community Tickets Tips

For more ways to make your Academy visit an epic adventure, check out our visitor tips

  • Main entrance of the Academy
    #1: Save paper—and time: Have your tickets ready on your phone, brightness all the way up.
  • Muni bus line 44 stops right in front of the Academy entrance
    #2: Let someone else do the driving! Get transit tips here. 
  • Visitors reserving planetarium passes at the kiosk
    #3: Big universe, small planetarium: Get your passes first!
  • Friendly docents help guests find their way around the Academy
    #4: Chat up our docents. The orange coats mean they know everything.
  • Side view of the Terrace Restaurant at the Academy
    #5: Café too busy? Try the Terrace outside.
  • Penguin and girl come face to face inside African Hall at the Academy
    #6: Penguin feedings and dive shows are popular. Stake out a spot early.


Click the + for answers to frequently asked questions about Community Tickets. Still need help? Just let us know! 

What are Community Tickets, and who are they for?

In an effort to ensure we’re providing free admission opportunities and reducing barriers to entry for the diverse communities that we serve, Community Tickets are part of a targeted distribution program, in partnership with health and human services agencies in all nine Bay Area counties, to offer free museum tickets to families and individuals for whom price of admission is a barrier.

When can I reserve Community Tickets?

Community Tickets will be available to reserve online from September 30 to November 4 for fall dates (October 18-21 and November 1-4), or until all tickets are reserved.

If I don't reserve Community Tickets, can I still visit the Academy for free on these dates?

To attend the museum for free, you must have reserved a free Community Ticket online. If you do not have a free, reserved Community Ticket, you may still purchase a ticket to visit the museum on these days.

What if I can't make it on these dates?

Don't worry—we will be releasing Community Tickets several times per year! Be sure to check back with your health and human services agency for the next round of dates.

We also encourage visitors to take advantage of our other free and reduced admission opportunities year-round.