The Academy is open 365 days a year!

See below for detailed information on museum, holiday, and exhibit hours. Last entry is always one hour before closing. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Museum hours

Public hours
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-5 pm
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm
Thursday NightLife (21+ with ID): 6-10 pm

Members-only hours
Tuesday: 8:30-9:30 am
Sunday: 10-11 am

Osher Rainforest hours
Monday-Saturday: 10 am-4:45 pm
Sunday: 11 am-4:45 pm
Thursday NightLife (21+ with ID): 6-7:45 pm

Morrison Planetarium showtimes
Reservations required; view Daily Calendar for schedule
Please note that planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.

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Special holiday hours

Celebrate the season with us! The Academy will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and for an extra hour on select days. Please note that there will be no NightLife events on December 15, 22, 29, and January 5.

Thanksgiving Day (November 24): 10 am-3 pm
November 25-26: 9:30 am-6 pm
Christmas Eve (December 24): 9:30 am-5 pm
Christmas Day (December 25): 11 am-5 pm
December 26-30: 9:30 am-6 pm
New Year's Eve (December 31): 9:30 am-5 pm
New Year's Day (January 1, 2023): 11 am-5 pm 

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Temporary closures

The following exhibits will be temporarily closed for maintenance on the dates indicated. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • There are no closures at this time
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Admission and ticketing

Daytime Admission tickets include access to everything at the Academy, all for one price. Here are a few important things to note about admission:

  • Tickets purchased by at least midnight prior to the visit date will always be less expensive than tickets purchased on the day of your visit. On average, guests who purchase at least three days in advance save $3-5 per ticket or more—and the further in advance you buy, the more you are likely to save!
  • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free.
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(415) 379-8000