A young boy and an African penguin make eye contact in Tusher African Hall

Your membership pays for itself in as few as two visits!

The support of our membership community helps the Academy thrive. The benefits below are our way of saying thanks.

Membership Benefits Include:

A presenter gets the audience ready for an exciting planetarium show.

Unlimited general admission
Present your personalized membership card and photo ID at our members-only entrance for easy access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and so much more.

Our new Community Value membership includes 230+ days of Academy access—learn more.

Weekly members-only hours
Every Sunday (10-11 am) and Tuesday (8:30-9:30 am), enjoy the calm before the crowds as the Academy opens exclusively for members.

Invitations to exclusive events and programs
From special planetarium passes and penguin feedings to exhibit previews, member talks, and programs, membership is so much more than free admission.

LIVE is a lush, content-rich, quarterly newsletter for Academy members.

Subscription to LIVE
Our colorful quarterly newsletter will help you keep tabs on upcoming exhibits, exclusive member events, and the latest research from Academy scientists.

Discounts on shopping, dining, and events​
Members enjoy savings on everything from food to NightLife tickets:

Memberships are fully or partially tax deductible.

Flexible payment options
With a small deposit and monthly payments starting at just $5.46, our Annual Membership Subscription plan makes purchasing an Academy membership flexible and easy.


Members' Guest Policy

Guests must be accompanied by a named card holder to receive free admission. Guests are included with all Membership levels (except Individual). Additional admission tickets are available for purchase during members' hours.



Member Hours RR

Member Hours

Tuesday: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sunday: 10 – 11 am

Your guest(s) are also welcome during members-only hours—please purchase additional tickets as necessary.

What's On for Members

See What's On for Members

Visit after visit, new adventures and discoveries await you. As part of our extended family, enjoy exclusive members-only programs and seasonal events.

FY18 SP/SU offer fine print

*Join or renew by April 30, 2018, using promo code FREE and receive up to 3 complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Individual Plus, Community Value, Teacher, and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Not valid on Explorer or higher levels. Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.