A scuba diver in the Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit during a daily dive show.
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Groups are welcome at the Academy 365 days a year!
Book admission, tours, NightLife, and sleepover tickets for your group of 10 or more and save up to 10%.

Group Tickets & Pricing

Whether you’re looking for the best deal or quieter days to explore the museum, our Plan-Ahead Pricing calendar can help you plan a visit that’s right for you. Plan-Ahead Pricing gives you the opportunity to lock in the best price on tickets when you purchase further in advance. Group discount will be applied at checkout.

For more information, see our Plan-Ahead Pricing FAQ.

Groups of 10 or more must purchase timed admission tickets in advance. Please note that not all entry times may be available on the date of your choice.

Group Ticket Types
Adult (ages 18-64)
Youth (ages 3-17)
Senior (ages 65+ with ID) 
Student (ages 18+ with ID)

Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free!

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Group Visit Guidelines

  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more paying guests
  • All group reservations must be made in advance and require pre-payment
  • Member benefits do not apply to group entry
  • The entire group must be fully assembled at the time of entry
  • ​Discounted tickets cannot be applied to the purchase of an Academy Membership on the day of your visit
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Reserved Planetarium Seats

Although seats for every planetarium show are available free to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, groups may reserve show tickets in advance for an additional fee of $5 per person. Email groupsales@calacademy.org or call 415-379-8000 from 8 am-5 pm daily to reserve planetarium seats for your group.

Please note that children 3 and under are not permitted in planetarium shows. Reservations available for daytime planetarium shows only.

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Pre-Paid Dining Options

Make lunch easy at the Academy with a prepaid boxed lunch or Academy Gift Card! Gift Cards can be used at the Café and Terrace restaurants and are perfect for trip planners on tight schedules. Boxed lunches are handcrafted at the Café with locally sourced ingredients.

We require a minimum of 10 box lunches per order. Please allow at least seven business days for processing.

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Senior Admission Packages

Groups of 10 or more seniors (age 65+) can enjoy an exclusive admission package at the Academy. The package includes a discounted Daytime Admission rate with lunch or reserved planetarium seating. Please allow nine business days for processing.

Contact us at travelsales@calacademy.org or (415) 379-8470, or submit your request online.

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Great for Groups

For these signature Academy experiences, more is definitely merrier.
Birthday party guests encounter a python

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties at the Academy are wild! Celebrate with a party room, cupcakes, priority exhibit access, and more.

A young guest poses with skull specimens in the Academy collections

VIP Tours

Get an all-access pass to the Academy's scientific collections, research areas, and living roof.

View of the rainforest dome from the Living Roof at night

NightLife VIP Tours

Elevate your NightLife experience with a VIP Tour. Cocktails are, of course, included.

Science demonstration with a docent and young boys in safety goggles

Educational Programs for Groups

Groups of 20 or more can add a guided educational program to their visit for a truly unique Academy adventure.

A family in penguin hats in their sleeping bags at an Academy sleepover

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers

Experience an unforgettable overnight at the Academy. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a discounted rate!

Planning a Party?

The Academy's interior is breathtaking at night. Whether your event is a spring prom, summer wedding, or holiday party, we suggest booking a date far in advance.