Muni bus 44 in front of the California Academy of Sciences building.
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Located in the heart of San Francisco in beautiful Golden Gate Park, the Academy is easily accessible via public transit, bicycle, rideshare, or car. We encourage sustainable transportation whenever possible. Plan your route with Google Maps.

Transportation alerts:

  • JFK Dr. is now closed to cars in Golden Gate Park. You can still access the Music Concourse parking garage via the Fulton St./10th Ave. entrance or the Music Concourse Dr./MLK Dr. entrance. Free street parking is also available on MLK Dr., Nancy Pelosi Dr., and Stow Lake Dr. View our JFK Dr. FAQ.

By MUNI

 

The Academy is conveniently located within 10 minutes of four MUNI bus and Metro lines, listed below in order of nearest to farthest from our main entrance. Go green, ride MUNI!

  • 44 O'Shaughnessy: Stops directly in front of the Academy (northbound) and across from the Academy at the de Young Museum (southbound).
  • 5 Fulton: Stops at Fulton St./8th Ave. at the north entrance to the park. A 5-minute walk to the Academy.
  • 7 Haight: Stops at Lincoln Way/9th Ave. at the south entrance to the park. A 7-minute walk to the Academy.
  • N Judah Metro: Stops at 9th Ave./Irving St. a block from the entrance to the park. A 10-minute walk to the Academy. 

The Golden Gate Park Shuttle is a free option for travel within the park, and has a stop directly in front of the Academy. While JFK Dr. is closed to traffic, it operates daily, 9 am–6 pm, between McLaren Lodge and Transverse Dr.

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By BART

While BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) does not stop within walking distance of the Academy, it's easy to transfer from BART to MUNI—or arrive on two wheels by renting a bike at a Bay Wheels station.

  • From the East Bay: Exit BART at Montgomery St. Station in downtown San Francisco and catch the 5 Fulton MUNI bus at Market St./Sansome St. Get off at Fulton St./8th Ave. at the north entrance of the park and walk 5 minutes to the Academy.
  • From the Peninsula: Exit BART at Glen Park Station in San Francisco and catch the 44 O'Shaughnessy MUNI bus at Bosworth St./Diamond St. Get off on Music Concourse Dr., right in front of the Academy.
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By bicycle

Biking in and around Golden Gate Park is a quintessential San Francisco experience. With protected bike lanes and car-free streets, it’s a safe, scenic, environmentally friendly way to get to the Academy. (Wear your helmet!)

  • Bike rental: Rent a bike by the hour or day from one of Bay Wheels’ 200+ rental stations throughout the city, including several within 10 minutes of the Academy.
  • Bike parking: Bike racks are located on Music Concourse Dr. to the left and right of the drop-off areas outside the Academy, as well as on Nancy Pelosi Dr. to the left and right of the staff footbridge.

Please note: Bike thefts happen. Always lock your bike securely! For safety reasons, bicycles, tricycles, skateboards, and scooters are not permitted inside the Academy.

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By car

Please note that there are frequent road closures in and around Golden Gate Park. We recommend using Google Maps for real-time route-planning.

Click the "+" below for detailed driving directions from points north, south, and east.

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From the North Bay via US-101 South
  1. After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, use the right 2 lanes for exit 438 (CA-1 South toward 19th Ave./Golden Gate Park);
  2. Continue on CA-1 South/Park Presidio Blvd. for about 3 miles;
  3. Just before exiting Golden Gate Park, turn right on MLK Dr., then make a legal U-turn;
  4. Cross Park Presidio Blvd. and continue east on MLK Dr. for about 0.7 miles;
  5. The Academy will be on your left; turn left onto Music Concourse Dr. to access the parking garage, or find street parking on MLK Dr. or Nancy Pelosi Dr. nearby.
From the South Bay via I-280 North
  1. After passing Daly City, use the left 3 lanes for exit 49B (CA-1 North toward 19th Ave./Golden Gate Bridge);
  2. Continue north on 19th Ave. for about 4 miles;
  3. Turn right onto MLK Dr. after entering Golden Gate Park and continue east for about 0.7 miles;
  4. The Academy will be on your left; turn left onto Music Concourse Dr. to access the parking garage, or find street parking on MLK Dr. or Nancy Pelosi Dr. nearby.
From the East Bay via I-80 West
  1. After crossing the Bay Bridge, use the right 2 lanes for exit 1B (US-101 North/Central Fwy. toward Golden Gate Bridge);
  2. After about 0.7 miles, use the left 2 lanes for exit 434B (Octavia Blvd. toward Fell St.);
  3. Continue north on Octavia Blvd. for about 0.3 miles, then turn left onto Fell St.;
  4. Continue west on Fell St. for about 1.7 miles;
  5. After entering Golden Gate Park, bear left onto Kezar Dr.;
  6. In about 0.5 miles, merge onto Lincoln Way;
  7. In about 0.4 miles, turn right onto MLK Dr.;
  8. The Academy will be on your right; turn right onto Music Concourse Dr. to access the parking garage, or find street parking on MLK Dr. or Nancy Pelosi Dr. nearby.
About the closure of JFK Dr. 

On April 28, 2020, the San Francisco Department of Public Health ordered the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to temporarily close JFK Drive to all vehicle traffic from Crossover Drive to Stanyan Street. This closure will remain in effect for up to 120 days after the official end of the City’s shelter-in-place order, but that date has yet to be determined.

While the Academy is not against the permanent closure of JFK Drive, we do want to ensure that any permanent closure results from an inclusive, thoughtful planning process. We’re participating in a working group with stakeholders across Golden Gate Park and the City of San Francisco to better understand the diverse needs of the communities we serve. We are committed to exploring a number of options together, including a permanent closure of JFK Drive to vehicle traffic, in order to reach a thoughtful, informed, and inclusive solution that balances environmental leadership with safe and equitable access to Golden Gate Park.

We encourage sustainable transportation whenever possible, and share the strong desire to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. We also want to ensure that as many people as possible can afford a visit to the Academy and that it remains accessible to everyone regardless of ability. We value input from our fellow community members and will continue to work together to seek an environmentally friendly, equity-based, data-driven solution.

Parking garage

The Music Concourse Garage is a secure, accessible, underground parking facility located just steps away from the Academy's main entrance. On weekends and holidays, the garage fills up fast, so arrive early or be prepared to look for street parking!

  • Garage entrances: Enter via the north at Fulton St./10th Ave. or the south at Music Concourse Dr./ MLK Dr.
  • Hours: 7 am–7 pm daily (hours may vary, call 415-750-0741 to confirm)
  • Rates: $5.25/hour weekdays, $6.25/hour weekends and after 5:30 pm

Please note: Music Concourse Garage is operated by Reef Parking, not the Academy. The Academy is not responsible for parking rules, rates, and regulations, which may be subject to change. For more information, please visit goldengateparking.com.

Street parking

Free street parking is plentiful throughout Golden Gate Park, and it’s usually easy to find a space near the Academy during the week. The park gets busy on weekends and holidays, though, so your best bet is to arrive as early as possible. Here’s where to find street parking:

  • MLK Dr.: 3- and 4-hour parking between Crossover Dr. and Kezar Dr.
  • Nancy Pelosi Dr.: 3- and 4-hour parking between MLK Dr. and JFK Dr.
  • Stow Lake Dr.: All-day parking around Stow Lake.

Please note: Car break-ins are unfortunately common in San Francisco. To reduce your risk, please leave nothing of value in your car, either in the trunk or in plain sight. You can safely store your belongings in an Academy locker for $8.

Contact us
Have questions about the Academy? We're here to help.  
(415) 379-8000