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Open a world of wonder with a single ticket. One general admission ticket grants access to a vast range of exhibits—including our aquarium, planetarium, and living roof—as well as a range of daily programs and activities. Add in special tours, sleepovers, and after-hours events for endlessly exciting ways to explore the California Academy of Sciences.

We're open every day of the year.


Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday NightLife (21+): 6 – 10 pm 
Last entry at 4 pm

Member Hours
8:30 – 9:30 am
Sunday: 10 – 11 am
See our membership benefits page for details. Your guest(s) are also welcome during members-only hours—please purchase additional tickets as necessary.


General Admission

General Admission tickets include access to all museum and aquarium exhibits—including the rainforest, planetarium, living roof, and a wide range of daily programs.

$34.95 - Adult
$29.95 - Senior (ages 65+)
$29.95 - Student
$29.95 - Youth (ages 12–17)
$24.95 - Child (ages 4–11)
Children ages 3 and under are free

Become an Academy member and visit for free throughout the year.

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Experience the wonder all year round with daily, unlimited admission, and exclusive benefits like members-only hours, expedited entry, and exhibit previews. With our new Annual Membership Subscription plan, you can come as often as you like and pay as you go.

Ticketed Events and Experiences

Go behind the scenes, experience the Academy at night, meet incredible experts, or celebrate with us at a host of annual events—we offer an ocean of ways to be amazed! 

Visit for Free

Neighborhood Free Weekends
All San Francisco residents receive free admission on two designated weekends each year—in fall and spring, determined by zip code of residence—thanks to generous support from Target. Check out the dates of upcoming Neighborhood Free Weekends

Quarterly Free Sundays
Admission is free to the general public four Sundays a year. Early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Our next Free Sunday will take place on June 4, 2017.

Community Access Programs

The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations. Learn more via the link below.

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Groups of 10 or more paying guests receive discounted tickets when purchasing via a single pre-paid booking.

School Field Trips
School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Generally, field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days and holidays. You can even book a weekend visit!

San Francisco school groups: Free
Other California school groups: $9.95 per person
California-based youth serving organizations: $16.95 per person