T. rex skeleton at main entrance of California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

The Academy is open every day of the year, including all federal holidays.

One general admission ticket grants access to everything under our living roof: aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Check the Daily Calendar for information on planetarium shows, animal feedings, and other exciting programs.

San Francisco resident? Check the Neighborhood Free Weekend schedule to see which upcoming weekend your zip code can visit for free.


General Admission
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sunday: 10 – 11 am

NightLife (21+ with ID):
Thursday: 6 – 10 pm

Last entry one hour before closing.


General Admission

Please note: During holiday periods and summer months, peak pricing may apply. 

$35.95 — Adult
$30.95 — Senior (ages 65+ with ID) 
$30.95 — Youth (ages 12-17)
$30.95 — Student (ages 18+ with ID)
$25.95 — Child (ages 4-11)
FREE — Children 3 and under and Academy members



Academy members enjoy free, unlimited daily admission, exclusive events and exhibit previews, members-only hours, flexible payment options, and much more. 


Ticketed Events & Experiences

Go behind the scenes, experience the Academy after dark, meet incredible experts, or celebrate with us at a host of annual events—we offer an ocean of ways to be amazed! 


Visit for Free


Neighborhood Free Weekends
All San Francisco residents receive free admission on two designated weekends each year—in fall and spring, determined by zip code of residence—thanks to generous support from Target.

New! Community Free Days
In celebration of the Academy’s 10th anniversary in our new Golden Gate Park building, we’re excited to thank the community we’re so proud to serve by offering free admission over a three-day period from September 23-25, 2018. Subscribe to email updates to be notified when free admission tickets become available. 

Community Free Days are made possible thanks to generous support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Community Access Programs
The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations. 


Groups & Field Trips

10 or more paying guests receive discounted tickets when purchasing via a single pre-paid booking.

School Field Trips
School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. 

  • San Francisco school groups: Free
  • Other California school groups: $9.95/person
  • California-based youth serving organizations: $16.95/person