An illustration by Alexander Vidal of penguins on an iceberg

A gift membership is the perfect gift for science-lovers.

Special holiday offer!

Purchase a gift membership by January 7, 2018, and receive FREE general admission ticket(s) to keep or to share with friends, family, teachers, and coworkers!*

Personalized Gift Memberships

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Personalized Gift Memberships arrive with Academy membership card(s) printed with the name of the gift recipient. The membership is valid the day the membership is processed—no redemption or activation is required.

New! You may sign up for our Membership Payment Plan to purchase a Personalized Gift Membership for as low as $6 a month.

Give your gift by December 12, 2017, to ensure arrival before December 25, 2017.


Gift Membership Vouchers

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Gift vouchers allow your loved ones to start their memberships when they're ready. The vouchers are redeemable up to one year after purchase date by mail or in person during the first visit—and the membership period doesn't begin until the voucher is redeemed.

Vouchers can be mailed to you (the purchaser) or to the gift recipient. If you'd like the voucher to be mailed directly to the gift recipient, please indicate their name and address in the shipping section. The voucher will be mailed along with a letter noting the gift purchaser’s name.

Give your gift by December 12, 2017, to ensure arrival before December 25, 2017.


Member Benefits

Unlimited Daily Admission**

  • Members hours: Sundays 10–11 am and Tuesdays 8:30–9:30 am
  • Members-only entrance

Members-Only Events and Programs

  • Invitations to free exhibit previews
  • Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
  • Planetarium member passes and shows
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews and LIVE publication


  • 10% discount on shopping, dining, and more
  • Up to 20% off on tours, lectures, sleepovers, and NightLife

*Purchase an Academy gift membership by January 7, 2018, and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Community Value, Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers. Offer is not valid for gift vouchers.

​**Community Value membership includes 230+ days of Academy access per year.