• Lush rolling hills with open skylights on the Academy's Living Roof
    Adventure off the beaten track atop our lush Living Roof.
  • View of the 4-story glass dome of Academy's Osher Rainforest
    Enjoy priority access into the four-story indoor rainforest.
  • Tour guests atop the Living Roof
    See science in action and learn why whale bones are on the Living Roof.
  • Guests in sleeping bags in front of Philippine Coral Reef exhibit during Academy sleepover
    Explore the exhibits after hours at a Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover.
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Please note: Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled visit is now required for all Academy guests ages 12+. View our vaccination policy and health and safety details here.

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VIP Tour

Colorful wildflowers on the Academy's Living Roof

Explore the secrets of one of the world's greenest museums on this 1-hour tour. Examine rare specimens in our collections, be dazzled in our private gem vault, head off the beaten track atop our living roof, and enjoy 10% off at Academy stores and restaurants. (Please note: Tour includes stairs and unpaved paths.)

  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator
  • Reserved space in the planetarium
  • Includes 10% off shopping and dining
  • $24.95 per guest ($19.95 members)
  • Guests must be age 8 or older to participate

Tour guests must also purchase a Daytime Admission ticket to join a tour. Visit our Buy Tickets page to purchase a Daytime Admission ticket, then add VIP Tour tickets to your order after Step 3.

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Birthday Parties

Illustration of Claude the albino alligator in headphones

Celebrate Academy-style with one of four customizable parties for children ages 1-12—including our new virtual birthday party package!

  • Decorated party room or Zoom room
  • Sweet treats and party favors
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Guided activities
  • Party host
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NightLife VIP Experience

A close up of the Academy's Gem and Mineral Vault

Cocktails, collections, and VIP access. Cultivate your curiosity with a NightLife VIP Experience.

  • 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour of scientific collection rooms and the Gem and Mineral Vault
  • 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
  • Reserved planetarium seating
  • Private Rooftop VIP Lounge
  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator
  • 10% discount at the Café and retail stores
  • Ticket prices vary by date—plan ahead and save!
  • For guests 21+ with ID
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Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers

A family gets cozy for the night in front of a gigantic aquarium exhibit.

Sleepovers are on hold until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back later this year!

Slumber like a sea cucumber during a family-friendly overnight stay—and find out what 40,000 live animals get into after-hours.

Includes:

  • Overnight stay in one of our iconic exhibits
  • Special programs and late-night planetarium shows
  • Evening snack and hot breakfast
  • Overnight parking and next-day museum admission
  • For ages 5 and up; adult chaperones required
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Bringing a large group?

Please complete this form if you're bringing a group and we'll follow up with you.