Academy membership has plentiful perks—and pays for itself in as few as two visits! Learn more about why membership is a smart investment in serious fun.
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The support of our membership community helps the Academy thrive. The benefits below are our way of saying thanks.
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- Unlimited Daytime Admission
Present your personalized membership card and photo ID at our members-only entrance for unlimited* access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and so much more, all year long.
- 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.
- 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
20% discount on VIP Tours, Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, lectures, and NightLife
10% discount on shopping, dining, and birthday parties
- 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.
- Tax deductibility
Memberships are fully or partially tax deductible.
Member Guest Policy
Guests of Academy members must be accompanied by a named cardholder to receive free admission. Guests are included with all Membership levels (except Individual, Community Value, Family, and Hive). Additional admission tickets are available for purchase during member hours.
*Community Value membership includes 220+ days of Academy access. Learn more.
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.
Visit after visit, new adventures and discoveries await you. As part of our extended family, enjoy exclusive members-only programs and seasonal events.