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55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Academy Sleepovers

On Friday, May 16, join us for our Penguins+Pajamas Skulls sleepover, where you can explore our brand new Skulls exhibit and much more!

On Friday, June 13, join us for a Brain Power Sleepover. Explore the museum at night while you have fun putting your brain power to work. Solve mind-boggling puzzles, marvel at the stars in a late night planetarium show, participate in the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and get a free book! Learn about everything from brains to biology with interactive programs, live demos, and hands-on activities.


Sleepover Dates

Listen to the evening songs of the rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool. Then head over to Tusher African Hall to interact with a Penguin specialist and become a stargazing guru during an after-hours planetarium show. Before bedtime, settle in for story time while snacking on cookies and milk and learn about Pierre — the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast.

Sleepover Includes

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco family events, Bay Area kids attractions, Tusher African Hall, Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium, penguins, Pierre the Penguin
  • Overnight stay in African Hall, Aquarium, Lower Swamp, or Islands of Evolution
  • Live animal demonstrations
  • Rainforests of the World Exhibit until 8:00 pm
  • Two Planetarium showings
  • Late-night snack and full breakfast
  • Overnight parking in Music Concourse Garage
  • Next day admission to the Academy

Pricing and Tickets

Tusher African Hall


$99/person Non-members
$79/person Members
Group rates available for groups of 10 or more.


Member TicketsNon-Member Tickets

 Click here to download a group reservation form for groups of 10 or more [474k].

Important Information & Eligibility Requirements


  • Admission to the Sleepover begins at 6:00 pm, and the event ends at 8:00 am the following day. If you would like to spend the day at the Academy after the Sleepover, you may get your hand stamped and re-enter when the building opens for the day. There are no in/out privileges during the Sleepover. If you leave the Sleepover for any reason before its conclusion, you may re-enter when we re-open for the day.
  • Sleeping areas — African Hall, Aquarium, Lower Swamp and Islands of Evolution exhibit — are available on a first come, first served basis. Areas may not be reserved.
  • Dinner and drinks are available for purchase. The Academy Café is open from 6-9pm.
  • Parking is included; bring your ticket with you to check-in for validation. There is no overnight street parking as per Golden Gate Park regulations. The garage is not operated by the Academy and, as such, the Academy makes no representations concerning the garage or your ability to park in it.
  • Smoking is prohibited in Golden Gate Park, therefore, smoking is not permitted in the Academy.
  • The Academy Lab Junior gift shop is open from 7–8am in the morning.
  • For more information about Academy Sleepovers, please call (415) 379-5333.

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Eligibility Requirements

PLEASE READ, and agree to abide by, the Academy’s Eligibility Requirements

  • Penguins+Pajamas is a program for children between the ages of 5 and 17, who must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is 25 years of age, or older. There must be one adult chaperone for every group of up to 5 children, and adults cannot attend unless there is a child in their party. Similarly, no unaccompanied children may participate in the Sleepover. Guests between 18 and 24 are welcome, but may not serve as chaperones.
  • The Academy requires a signed Waiver of Liability form for EACH adult and EACH child attending the Sleepover. For children, the Waiver must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian. The Waiver of Liability must identify the adult who will be responsible for the child during the Sleepover. Only original Waivers will be accepted; no faxes or copies. No one will be admitted without a completed Waiver.

Safety Rules

For the enjoyment, safety and security of your group, other guests, the staff and the animals, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Running, yelling, climbing, or throwing materials of any kind
  • Touching, or attempting to frighten the animals in any manner, including tapping on aquariums or other exhibits
  • Taking anything out of, or putting anything into, the exhibits
  • Using the tanks, and/or windows as writing surfaces (they scratch easily)
  • Bare feet; shoes or soled slippers must be worn at all times
  • Smoking, either in the Academy or GG Park; including use of smokeless tobacco products
  • Bringing in food or drink, except in connection with dietary restrictions
  • Using cell phones, except in the case of an emergency.

Sleepover Reservations


Tickets may be purchased below the Penguins+Pajamas or the Grownup Sleepovers tabs on this page.

For groups of 10 or more, click here to download a reservation form.

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P+P Merchandise



To preorder and prepay for your Penguins+Pajamas T-shirts, patches, water bottles, and more click here.

Visit our Lab Junior store during the Sleepover. The store will be open 7–8am in the morning.

Take Home Your Memory


Magic Memories at the California Academy of Sciences

Find your exclusive P+P Sleepover professional photos and turn them into postcards, posters, and download them here.

Dining at the Academy


View the sample menu from the Academy Café. Offerings will be based on availability. During the Sleepover, the Academy Café will be open from 6-9pm.

Academy Membership


For more information on how to become an Academy member, click here.