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The Academy is proud to offer special, discounted rates for California-based groups serving youth. Share the news with your local science club, summer camp, youth program, or afterschool-care provider!

Can we book a field trip for this spring or summer?

Not as yet! While we are delighted to reopen the Academy's doors to the public, as per the latest update of the San Francisco Department of Public Health directive, groups of mixed households are not allowed to visit indoor museums (page 5, item 1.9). Moreover, the Academy is limiting attendance to 20% of our capacity to maximize physical distancing and minimize crowding.

We do not anticipate having capacity for mixed-group field trips through August 2021.

Please visit our Groups page to book tickets online for small groups, as permitted by local guidelines.

In the meantime, please consider taking advantage of our free Distance Learning programs!


Eligibility and Pricing

To be eligible for discounted Youth Group rates, your organization must:

  • Be based in California
  • Serve youth up to age 17 through an organization such as a club, youth group, camp session, or afterschool/weekend program
  • Purchase admission for a group of 10 or more people via one pre-paid reservation
  • Provide at least 1 adult chaperone for every 8 minors
  • Note: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to attend using our discounted Group Rates, instead.

Youth Group Admission

  • $18.25 per person
  • Payment must be received prior to your visit. You may mail in a check or call up to pay by credit card.
  • Adults in excess of the Chaperone Policy will be added to your reservation at daytime admission prices.
  • Eligibility is at the discretion of the Academy, as subsidized admission is available thanks to generous annual donations to the Academy for All initiative.

Reserved Planetarium Seats

Planetarium shows are free, but advance reservations are required for youth groups and chaperones must attend.

Because most shows are designed for guests ages 7 and up, your group will not be placed in a show if you are bringing younger children. Rest assured that there is plenty to do at the Academy for early learners!

Youth groups will begin entering the Planetarium dome 30 minutes prior to show time. Shows last 30 to 40 minutes, with content subject to change. Please refer to our show schedule to determine what will be playing on the day of your visit.


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We Thank Our Sponsors

The School & Youth Field Trips program is generously supported by an a Anonymous donor, BioMarin, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education, Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, and Koret Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Academy’s local business donors.

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