• A mother and daughter in silhouette in front of the giant Philippine Coral Reef exhibit
    Give the gift of science with a gift card!
  • Two traditional Academy gift cards against an orange gift card envelope
    Choose a traditional gift card (pictured) or a print-at-home design (next four images).
  • Claude the albino American alligator rests in his habitat.
    Captivating Claude, one of four print-at-home gift card designs.
  • A grid of colorful butterflies with an Academy logo
    Butterfly Beauty, one of four print-at-home gift card designs.
  • An illustration of the Academy’s Living Roof and main entrance
    Living Roof, one of four print-at-home gift card designs.
  • Two colorful, ornate spotted jellyfish float against a striking black background
    Floating Jellies, one of four print-at-home gift card designs.

Purchase an Academy gift card for the science-lover in your life!

Select Print It for a gift card you can print at home right away, or Ship It for a traditional gift card we'll ship via USPS.* You can also purchase gift cards at the Academy.

Please note: Gift cards cannot be used for online purchases at this time. Purchases must be made at the Academy or by phone.

Whether you're seeking some quality time with Claude (our dashing albino alligator) or sustainable swag from our store, gift cards let you choose your own Academy adventure.

Here's just a partial list of what money actually can buy:

And much more!

Gift Ideas for All Ages, Budgets, and Seasons

Curious how far your gift card dollar can go? Here are some ideas to jumpstart your imagination.

Souvenir gifts available at the Academy store

$25 and under
Pick up a cuddly 19" Claude, a pterosaur-themed travel mug, or the children's classic Pierre the Penguin—for less than $25 each.

NightLife guests examine specimens in front of the rainforest dome

$50 and under
Surprise your significant otter with a NightLife date night: Music, creatures, and cocktails, under the stars and under the sea.

A guest marvels at a giant arapaima from below in the flooded forest tunnel

$100 and under
​Treat up to three out-of-town guests to a day of discovery with General Admission tickets to the Academy.

A family at a Penguins+Pajamas sleepover in front of a giant aquarium exhibit

$250 and under
Choose a Family Membership for a crowd-pleasing getaway all year long—or a night to remember with two tickets to Penguins+Pajamas.


How to Redeem Your Gift Card

Got a gift card? Lucky you! Here's how to redeem it:

  1. At the Academy: Show your gift card to a cashier at the Academy—they'll be happy to redeem it for any item.**

  2. Over the phone: Call our Contact Center at (415) 379-8000 between 8 am-5 pm daily and place your order with a friendly staff member.


The Fine Print

  • Gift cards cannot be used for online purchases at this time. Card is redeemable for in-person purchases at the California Academy of Sciences or by calling (415) 379-8000 between 8 am-5 pm daily.
  • You must present either a print-at-home or traditional gift card when making a purchase; we cannot redeem gift cards displayed on a mobile device.
  • Additional value may be added to your gift card at any time.
  • A gift card is not a credit/debit card and has no implied warranties.
  • California Academy of Sciences is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged cards, or any unauthorized card use.
  • To check card balance, call (877) 654-6937 or go to valuteccardsolutions.com.
  • For more information about the products, services, and experiences you can purchase with a gift card, please call (415) 379-8000.

*$5 regular (5-7 business days) or $25 express shipping (2 business days). For immediate availability without shipping fees, choose a Print-At-Home gift card. 

**Gift cards may not be redeemed for souvenir photos by HotShots or beverages from most NightLife bars.