Academy membership opens up your world. Join, renew, or give the gift of membership today.
The Academy building, designed by Renzo Piano, emerges gracefully from beautiful Golden Gate Park.
Marvel at giant fish swimming overhead in our Flooded Forest tunnel.
Delight in our African penguins as they waddle, frolic, and flirt.
Get transported to a galaxy far, far away in our 75-foot planetarium.
T. Rex greets guests in our light-filled lobby.
At just $129 per year, our new Community Value membership is a smart choice for families with flexible schedules.
Two named adults and their children (or grandchildren) can enjoy everything the Academy has to offer every day except Saturdays, holidays, and peak periods. That's over 230 days of free visits per year!
Prefer paying monthly? Choose our convenient installment plan option for $69 down and less than $6 a month.
Check out our Community Value access calendar to see all 230+ dates the Academy is yours to explore.
A Community Value membership provides two named adults and their children or grandchildren (17 and under) the following benefits:
Free entry 230+ days a year
Present your personalized membership card along with photo ID at our members-only entrance for easy access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and more.
Weekly members-only hours
Every Sunday (10-11 am) and Tuesday (8:30-9:30 am), enjoy the calm before the crowds as the Academy opens exclusively for members.
Invitations to exclusive events and programs
From special planetarium passes and penguin feedings to exhibit previews and member talks and programs, membership makes science second nature.
Discounts on shopping and dining
Save 20% on behind-the-scenes tours, NightLife (21+), Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, and lectures, and 10% on shopping, dining, and on-site photos.
Green Means Go!
A Community Value membership is a little different than other memberships—which translates to a lot of savings. Our access calendar contains a full list of blackout dates, as well as the 230+ days that Community Value members can visit the Academy.
Visit for free Sunday through Friday
Come for an hour or stay for the day, six days a week! (Prefer visiting on Saturdays? Check out our other membership levels.)
230+ "Green Days" per year
Green dates on the access calendar mean the Academy is open for Community Value members. Be sure to plan ahead: Blackout dates include Saturdays, holidays, and the month of July.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I want to visit the museum on a blackout date?
You are welcome to upgrade to a higher-level membership and gain access to the museum any day of the year.
What is the difference between a Community Value membership and a Family membership?
While both memberships grant benefits to two named adults and their children or grandchildren, they differ in price and access: a Community Value membership ($129 a year) includes 230+ annual days of museum access, while Family membership ($249) includes 365 days.
Can I purchase a Community Value membership on a blackout date?
You are welcome to purchase your membership on a blackout day either in full, on a payment plan, or by applying your already-purchased tickets to the full membership price. However, you will need to begin using the membership on a non-blackout day.