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.
Please note: The rainforest will be closed for maintenance from Tuesday, January 22, through Thursday, January 24, reopening for Tropical NightLife on the 24th. We're sorry for the inconvenience!
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 and ticket sales one hour before closing.
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
Ticketed Events & Experiences
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.
Community Access Programs
The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations.
In partnership with health and social service agencies in all nine Bay Area counties, we're proud to make free tickets available on select dates for families and individuals for whom cost of admission is a barrier.
Community Tickets are made possible thanks to support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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
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