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55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

There are no notifications at this time.

 

California Youth Groups

The Academy is proud to offer specially discounted rates for California-based groups serving youth. Spread the word to your science club, summer camp, youth program, and afterschool provider!

Youth Group Eligibility

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

  • Be based in California
  • Serve youth up to age 17, such as through a club, youth group, camp session, or afterschool/weekend program
  • Provide at least 1 adult chaperone for every 8 minors
  • Purchase admission for a group of 10 or more people via one pre-paid reservation

Be sure to read the information below before submitting the online application form for your youth group.

Summer camp programs wishing to arrange field trips for multiple weeks in a row must submit an application for each visit date. By default, we will reserve a group of your stated headcount for your top choice date only.

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Note that while Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are ineligible for the CA Youth Group rate, discounted admission and special opportunities are available to Scout troops through Group Tickets.

 

Admission Rates and Payment

Youth Group Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $16.95
  • Youth: $16.95
  • 3 & Under: FREE
  • Planetarium Seats: FREE

Payment

Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to your visit. Additional tickets may be purchased on the date of your visit, but will be done so at general admission rates. Note that cancellations must be made 30 days in advance of your visit to receive a full refund.

 

Plan a Visit

Visit Dates

Youth groups may apply for a visit on most weekdays and weekends excluding holidays and free days. Times are available for both morning and afternoon entry. Note that seats in a Planetarium show can be reserved for youth groups for all days except Sunday, assuming age-appropriateness for your group.

Guidelines

Be sure to read through the Guidelines for details on arriving at the museum, eating lunch, and finding other helpful services at the Academy. Share our expectations with both chaperones and youth attending the visit.

Directions

For more information about museum hours, directions, and parking, visit http://www.calacademy.org/visit/.

 

Activities & Resources

Rest assured that there is plenty to do at the Academy with your group!

Most activities require no reservations:

 

Reserved Planetarium Seats

Planetarium shows are free, but advance reservations are required for youth groups, and chaperones must attend. Note that children must be at least age 7 to visit the Planetarium, and that some shows are grade-appropriate.

Digital recreation of the 1906 earthquake (Academy Visualization Studio)

Planetarium Show
• Sept–May: Monday–Friday: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm,
Grades 3-12
• Sept–May: Saturday: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm,
Grades 3-12
• June–August: Sunday–Friday: 11:15 am and 1:30 pm,
Grades 3-12
• June–August: Saturday: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm,
Grades 3-12

Limited seating is available for the public show of our current production, but advance reservations are required. Note that shows are designed for and shown to general visitors on the day of your field trip, and are not tailored for youth groups.

Youth groups will begin entering the Planetarium dome 15 minutes prior to show time. Shows last 30-40 minutes, with content subject to change. Refer to the Event Calendar for the show schedule.

Check the Event Calendar

 

Other Group Options

Not eligible for Youth Group rates? Check out some other group options:

  • California-based school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12 may apply here for a visit at heavily discounted field trip rates.
  • Tour groups of less than 10 individuals may book Academy Tours by calling 888-670-4433 or purchasing tickets online.
 

Field Trip 101

Prepare your group for a successful visit by watching this video. Learn about the bus drop-zone, building navigation, and important Academy guidelines.

Apply For A Visit

   

To bring your youth group to the Academy, simply submit this brief online application.

Rest assured that we have plenty of space for your group!

Apply Now

Essential Printables

   

Here you’ll find convenient resources to print before your trip.

 School & Youth Group Admission Form

 Chaperone Guide (English)

 Chaperone Guide (Chinese)

 Chaperone Guide (Spanish)

 Making the Perfect Museum Worksheet

To find an activity or scavenger hunt with a focused learning objective, browse through our Lesson Plan Database.

Tour Exhibits Using
Your iPhone

   

Academy Insider app

The “Academy Insider” iPhone app includes museum floor plans, self-guided tours, and a live list of daily programs. Learn more about Academy exhibits through fun facts, quizzes, video, and audio clips. You can even create a customized tour!

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Earthquake

   

Eathquake Railway Damage

Brace yourself for a kinetic journey into the world of seismic phenomena at the all–new Earthquake exhibit and planetarium show.

Learn more

See What's Inside

   

For a sneak peek into what’s inside the Academy, watch this video. Right-click to view at full screen.

School Field Trips

   

School bus

Field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool, at heavily discounted rates.

Click here to apply!

Contact Us

   

If you would like to speak to someone in person to determine the best options for your group, please call our Contact Center at (877) 227-3311.

However, do note that your official request must be submitted via our online application form.