55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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Join a growing community of individuals committed to the Academy and to preserving the natural world.

Become an Academy Member

Your membership contribution helps support our groundbreaking scientific research, educational outreach programs, and the many interactive exhibits you see at the Academy. The Academy has membership levels for every individual or family and by becoming a member the Academy is yours to explore as often as you like.

All members enjoy a full year of benefits, including:

  • Free unlimited daily admission
  • Members-only hours: Sun. 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Tues. 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Members-only entrance
  • Personalized member card
  • Planetarium shows and passes for members only
  • Invitations to members-only events and exhibit previews
  • Members-only Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
  • Free admission to Pritzker Members’ Lectures
  • 10% savings on dining at Academy Cafe and the Moss Room
  • 10–25% savings on shopping, special lectures, Behind-the-Scenes Tour and NightLife
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews

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Become a Donor

Join our highest level of donors and enjoy special privileges that bring you closer to the Academy. By joining the Friends of the Academy, you have the opportunity to inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to the scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of lifelong learners. The deeper your engagement, the closer you get – and the bigger your impact.

Donors enjoy all benefits of Academy membership plus:

  • Free admission for two primary cardholders, up to two adult guests per card, and your children or grandchildren (17 years of age and younger) for one year
  • Priority entrance to the museum, rainforest, planetarium and select special exhibits
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife every Thursday evening
  • Four daily admission passes and four Nightlife passes to share
  • Two Friends Behind-the-Scenes tour passes
  • Invitations to year-round special events and receptions exclusive to Friends of the Academy
  • A complimentary glass of champagne when dining at the Moss Room restaurant
  • Complimentary coat check with each visit
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line
  • Recognition in the Academy’s Annual Report
  • Subscription to the monthly Donor e-Newsletter

Learn more

By supporting our Annual Fund by making a tax-deductible contribution, you contribute to the future of the Academy and help to inspire the next generation to preserve and protect our planet.

Friends of the Academy Terms and Conditions

Become a Volunteer or Intern

Inspire school children, pin insects, classify specimens, or dive into the aquarium! There are numerous opportunities for qualified volunteers at this beloved San Francisco institution. (For ages 18 and older.) Learn more

Internships are available to both high school students and college undergraduates. Participants gain valuable hands-on science experience, ranging from hands-on collections-based research to biological illustration. Learn more

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Your contribution enables us to sustain core programs, care for animals, maintain facilities, and open our doors to the more than 3.8 million visitors who have experienced the Academy since September 2008.

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Gift Memberships

   

Give the gift of the Academy to your friends, family, and loved ones. To purchase a gift membership, call (800) 794-7576 or click on the button below.

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Friend Testimonials

   

Lauren Hall

Lauren Hall

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“I have always been fascinated by infectious disease: everything from prions and viruses to protozoans and worms. Everyone in my family is mad for science, and we always take friends and family to the Academy when they visit. Whether it's Steinhart Aquarium, a Planetarium show, or a lecture on stem cells, there's something to interest everyone. We support the Academy knowing that our gift supports scientific research, exploration and education”

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Lucy Bowen Taylor

Lucy Bowen Taylor

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“The Academy has been a wonderful resource for my family when we're looking to do something that is fun, inspiring, and expands the way we see our world. There's no better way to learn than by doing, and our whole family has loved things like shaking in an earthquake, seeing an alligator up close, or powering a light bulb from a piece of fruit. The warm and friendly staff engage our kids so that they learn without realizing they are being taught”

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Summer Tompkins Walker

Summer Tompkins Walker

Friends Steering Committee member and Friend of the Academy

“At age 11 I had my first BIG encounter with the wildness of the ocean. I was moved deeply by the intensity of its unique ecosystem rich in diversity of sea life and its complex underworld. It left me wanting to make sure that we never let such dynamic ecosystems be put in jeopardy. The diversity and wildness of life is truly captivating to me and I hope to protect as much of what is left for my children and future generations.”

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Laura and Mike Patnode

Laura and Mike Patnode

Friends of the Academy

“The Academy presents long-term value by increasing our investment in science and education and helping form the sort of world we want our children to grow up in. We need to make sure our children have the skills they need to solve problems, and the biggest thing is to educate children about science. We take every opportunity to talk about the Academy with friends and family —I feel good being associated with such a wonderful place and doing my part to promote it.”

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Martha Kropf

Martha Kropf

Former Docent, Honorary Trustee, and Friend of the Academy

“I’m passionate about informal science education, grounded in the research and science of the Academy. Science and engagement — that’s what the Academy is all about.”

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Joann Franklin-Knox

Joann Franklin-Knox

Academy Docent and Ten-Year Member of Friends of the Academy

“What is so worthwhile about the Friends is reaching out to the community and inspiring and informing them of what we are all about. As they begin to understand the remarkable work the Academy is doing, they become supportive as well. It’s an extended community.”

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Donor Bill of Rights

   

The Academy adheres to the national Donor Bill of Rights, promulgated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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