The Academy is open 365 days a year!

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

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Museum hours

Please note: The museum will close early at 3 pm on Thursday, April 18, for our Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark.

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 (last entry 4:30 pm)
Sunday: 11 am-4:45 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
Thursday NightLife (21+ with ID): 6-7:45 pm (last entry 7:30 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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Upcoming closures

The following exhibits and programs will be unavailable on the dates indicated. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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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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Local science-lover?

Guests marvel at the enormous Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

Join today and discover something new every time you visit. From unlimited, free admission to exclusive events, programs, and discounts, Academy membership is your ticket to year-round science adventures.

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