The Academy is open 365 days a year!

All guests 12+ must bring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots and indoor masking is strongly encouraged. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. For more know-before-you-go details, please visit our Health & Safety page. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Museum hours

Public hours
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-5 pm
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm
Thursday NightLife (21+ with ID): 6-10 pm
Last daytime entry at 4 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
Multiple showtimes daily; view Daily Calendar for schedule
Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scan the QR code in the lobby to reserve. Please note that planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.


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.


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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Guests marvel at the enormous Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

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Contact us
Have questions about the Academy? We're here to help.  
(415) 379-8000