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.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24



The ocean floor, the rainforest canopy, the farthest reaches of the Universe, and everything in between are yours to explore inside the California Academy of Sciences. Choose the membership plan that’s right for you, and explore as often as you like.

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Members Benefits

All Members enjoy a full year of benefits, including:

  • Free unlimited daily admission
  • Members-only hours: Sun. 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Tues. 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Members-only entrance
  • Personalized member card
  • Planetarium shows and passes for members only
  • Invitations to members-only events and exhibit previews
  • Members-only Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
  • 10% savings on dining at Academy Cafe and the Moss Room
  • Up to 20% savings on special lectures, Academy tours, Penguins+Pajamas
    and NightLife
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews

Membership Plans

Individual $99

For one cardholder and a guest

Family $199

For two cardholders and your children/grandchildren

Family Plus $250

For two cardholders, your children/grandchildren, plus two additional guests

Associate $500

For two cardholders, your children/grandchildren, plus two additional guests

Friends of the Academy

Explorers $1,000+

Interested in higher levels of giving? By joining the Friends of the Academy, you have the opportunity to inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to the scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of lifelong learners. The deeper your engagement, the closer you get – and the bigger your impact.

For information on giving at $1,000 or above, please explore the Friends of the Academy.

Discounted Memberships

Senior $79

Teacher $79

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Membership Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited free admission
  • Members-only hours: Sundays from 10:00 - 11:00 am and Tuesdays
    from 8:30 - 9:30 am
  • Members-only entrance and help desk
  • Members-only Planetarium shows and passes
  • Members-only Penguin Feedings and Family Nature Crafts
  • Invitations to member-only events and exhibit previews
  • Free admission to Pritzker Lectures
  • Up to 20% savings on special lectures, Academy tours, Penguins+Pajamas
    and NightLife
  • Subscription to Academy Member eNews
  • Personalized member card

Special Programs for Members Only

Tour of the Night Sky

Tour of the Night Sky – Summer edition

Tuesdays 9:30 am and Sundays 10:30 am, Planetarium

Explore the wonders of the Summer sky in this live presentation that gradually changes with the sky itself. A Planetarium presenter is your guide to the celestial spectacles found among the constellations of the season, including myriad star-forming nebulae and glittering clusters, along with planets, meteor showers, and other "far out" sights in the heavens above! Recommended for ages 7+.

Stardust to Skeletons

From Stardust to Skeletons

Sundays, 10:40 am, Hohfeld Hall

Visit the Events page for additional show times.

The atoms and elements that make up everything in the Universe-from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons to the bones in our bodies-were created within the stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all during this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters.

Mystery Animal

Mystery Animal

Sundays, 10:15 am, Piazza

38,000 animals live under the Academy’s living roof! Each week, presenters will share a different surprise live animal. Join us to learn fun facts about the animals that call the Academy home. Please note that Mystery Animal is being presented in lieu of Wild California: Skulls, and Claws and More.

Birds, Birds, and More Birds

Drop in and Discover—Birds, Birds, and More Birds

Sundays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Naturalist Center

Fly up to the Naturalist Center to discover surprising facts about some unique bird specimens!

Family Nature Crafts at the California Academy of Sciences

Family Nature Crafts

Members-only: Sunday, 10–11 am, Swamp

All guests: Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Swamp

Design a nature-themed treasure to take home—the first hour is just for members. Great for ages 5–11. Craft themes change each week:

Aug. 31: 3-D Waterfall
Make a 3-D paper waterfall to celebrate National Parks Month.

Sept. 7: Cacao Pod
Learn where chocolate comes from. Make your very own cacao pod to celebrate International Chocolate Day!

Sept. 14: FREE DAY
Family Nature Crafts will not be offered.

Sept. 21: Rat Snake Game
Make a fun rat snake ball and cup game.

Sept. 28: Bright Idea Poster
Learn about four inventors. Make a "That's a Bright Idea" poster for Inventors' Day.

Penguin and children at the California Academy of Sciences

Penguin Feeding

Sundays, 10:30 am, Tusher African Hall

Watch the birds dip and dive in their tank at the end of African Hall as a biologist dons a wet suit and hands out vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin.

Aquatic Take Along

Aquatic Take Along: a preschool child's introduction to Steinhart Aquarium

Daily, Early Explorers Cove, Ages 2–7

Journey through the aquarium by reading aloud from a set of narrative cards. Learn more about ten selected animals by using fun props like castanets, suction cups, and faux fins. Check out an Aquatic Take Along bag from the Early Explorers Cove, available every day until 2:00pm.

The Aquatic Take Along bag is the property of the California Academy of Sciences; participants must return the bag and all of its contents to the Early Explorers Cove by 4:30pm, or before exiting the Academy. Free with presentation of a valid Academy Member ID. Supplies are limited and will be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Access for Members

Early Explorers Cove at the California Academy of Sciences

Early Explorers Cove (ages 0 to 5 and adult friends)

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Enjoy members-only hours in the cove with your little ones. Enjoy the garden shed, infant tide pool, farmer’s market, coral reef and more!

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Child at tidepool at the California Academy of Sciences

Touch Tidepool

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Steinhart Aquarium

Explore our Touch Tidepool during members’ hour and shake hands with a sea star and other friendly creatures. Our docents will supply plenty of information and allow you to handle the animals too!

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Children learning in the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences

Naturalist Center

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Level 3

Enjoy members’ hour up in our Naturalist Center and examine a wide variety of specimens, engage in a range of activities, conduct research, ask questions and connect with staff members.

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Rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences

Rainforest of the World

Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Main floor

Step inside a living 4-story rainforest during members’ hour. Meet chameleons from Madagascar, climb into the tree-tops of Costa Rica to find free-flying birds and butterflies. Finally, descend in a glass elevator into the Amazonian flooded forest, where an acrylic tunnel allows you to walk beneath the catfish and arapaima that swim overhead.

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Human Odyssey exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences

Human Odyssey

Sundays, 10:00–11:00 am, African Hall

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in Human Odyssey. Compare fossils of early human relatives, walk alongside a computer animation of the famous “Lucy” skeleton, map our species’ extensive journey across the world, and follow the clues that scientists use to investigate our past.

Earthquake exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences


Sundays, 10:00–11:00 am, African Hall

Prepare to be moved! Delve into the science behind earthquakes and learn how societies prepare for and respond to these destructive phenomena. Experience a high-magnitude jolt in our earthquake simulator, fly over and into our dynamic planet in an immersive planetarium show, and explore the impacts of the largest disaster in San Francisco’s history.

Tusher African Hall diorama at the California Academy of Sciences

Tusher African Hall

Sundays, 10:00–11:00 am, African Hall

Take a virtual safari through Africa by exploring majestic dioramas of African landscapes. Lions and cheetahs face off with zebras and antelope through the glass windows of their detailed displays, and a lowland gorilla invites you to ponder your ancestry.

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What our Members Say


We bring our almost two year old there. Honestly I think we enjoy it more than he does!

- Amanda M.

I've been visiting the academy for 45 years (since I was in kindergarden) and continue to marvel at the amazing things I find each time I'm there.

- Michael A.

Over the years, I've brought my nieces and nephews to the Academy. I love witnessing their excitement to discover something new and interesting.

- Michael A.

The Academy's overall theme of protecting our fragile planet has made them a great messenger.

- Michael A.

As a member with a small child, we visit regularly and concentrate a few areas. Each time, the experience is fresh, exciting, and different!

- Clare K.

Love it at the Academy! My family has a membership and we go at least once a month and always discover something new.

- Felicia G.

We love the member benefits—10% discount in the cafe, early entrance on Sundays, and holiday night.

- Felicia G.

My daughter loves the Academy. It's the only museum she really wants to visit! I love seeing her so engaged. Our membership is worth every penny!

- Suzanne S.

Amazing smiles on children and adults alike. The smile factor has no age limit. I am proud to be a member and look forward to bringing my future grandchildren.

- C. Shortley

My young son and I frequently visit during the early members-only hour on Tuesday mornings. He’s growing up with the Academy playing a vital role in his development.

- Jen F.

I have been going there since I was a kid. Took my daughter was she was a child and now take my granddaughters. So, three generations, two memberships and still going strong!

- Barbara M.

I love the Academy! From the Planetarium to the Aquarium to the Earthquake exhibit, there is something for everyone. It is well worth the membership!

- Michelle R.

Friend Testimonials


Lauren Hall

Lauren Hall

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“I have always been fascinated by infectious disease: everything from prions and viruses to protozoans and worms. Everyone in my family is mad for science, and we always take friends and family to the Academy when they visit. Whether it's Steinhart Aquarium, a Planetarium show, or a lecture on stem cells, there's something to interest everyone. We support the Academy knowing that our gift supports scientific research, exploration and education”

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Lucy Bowen Taylor

Lucy Bowen Taylor

Friend of the Academy and Friends Steering Committee member

“The Academy has been a wonderful resource for my family when we're looking to do something that is fun, inspiring, and expands the way we see our world. There's no better way to learn than by doing, and our whole family has loved things like shaking in an earthquake, seeing an alligator up close, or powering a light bulb from a piece of fruit. The warm and friendly staff engage our kids so that they learn without realizing they are being taught”

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Summer Tompkins Walker

Summer Tompkins Walker

Friends Steering Committee member and Friend of the Academy

“At age 11 I had my first BIG encounter with the wildness of the ocean. I was moved deeply by the intensity of its unique ecosystem rich in diversity of sea life and its complex underworld. It left me wanting to make sure that we never let such dynamic ecosystems be put in jeopardy. The diversity and wildness of life is truly captivating to me and I hope to protect as much of what is left for my children and future generations.”

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Laura and Mike Patnode

Laura and Mike Patnode

Friends of the Academy

“The Academy presents long-term value by increasing our investment in science and education and helping form the sort of world we want our children to grow up in. We need to make sure our children have the skills they need to solve problems, and the biggest thing is to educate children about science. We take every opportunity to talk about the Academy with friends and family —I feel good being associated with such a wonderful place and doing my part to promote it.”

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Martha Kropf

Martha Kropf

Former Docent, Honorary Trustee, and Friend of the Academy

“I’m passionate about informal science education, grounded in the research and science of the Academy. Science and engagement — that’s what the Academy is all about.”

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Joann Franklin-Knox

Joann Franklin-Knox

Academy Docent and Ten-Year Member of Friends of the Academy

“What is so worthwhile about the Friends is reaching out to the community and inspiring and informing them of what we are all about. As they begin to understand the remarkable work the Academy is doing, they become supportive as well. It’s an extended community.”

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