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

Museum Hours

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

Member Hours
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.

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General Admission Prices

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

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

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Membership

An Academy membership gets you year-round access to cutting-edge exhibits, eye-popping planetarium shows, and one of the most biodiverse aquariums on Earth—all for the price of about two visits.

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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! 

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Visit for Free

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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.

Community Tickets
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.

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Groups & Field Trips

Groups
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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