A scuba diver in the Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit during a daily dive show.

Groups are welcome at the Academy 365 days a year!
Book admission, tours, NightLife, and sleepover tickets for your group of 10 or more and save up to 15%.

Group Ticket & Tour Prices

Groups of 10 or more must purchase timed admission tickets in advance. Please note that not all entry times may be available on the date of your choice.

Please note: During holiday periods and summer months, peak pricing may apply.

Group Rates: General Admission Tickets
$30.56 — Adult
$26.31 — Senior (ages 65+)
$26.31 — Youth (ages 12-17)
$26.31 — Student (ages 18+ with ID)
$22.06 — Child (ages 4-11)
FREE — Children 3 and under

Group Rates: Planetarium, NightLife, and Tours
$5.00 — Planetarium Reservation (daytime shows only)
$12.75 — NightLife (ages 21+ with ID)
$50.15 — NightLife VIP Tour (ages 21+ with ID)


Group Visit Guidelines

  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more paying guests
  • All group reservations must be made in advance and require pre-payment
  • Member benefits do not apply to group entry
  • The entire group must be fully assembled at the time of entry
  • ​Discounted tickets cannot be applied to the purchase of an Academy Membership on the day of your visit
  • During holiday periods and summer months, peak pricing may apply.

Reserved Planetarium Seats

Although seats for every planetarium show are available free to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, groups are given the option to pre-reserve show tickets for an additional fee of $5 per person. Reservations available for daytime planetarium shows only.

Please note that children 3 and under are not permitted in planetarium shows.


Pre-Paid Dining Options

Make lunch easy at the Academy with a prepaid boxed lunch or Academy Gift Card! Gift Cards can be used at the Café and Terrace restaurants and are perfect for trip planners on tight schedules. Boxed lunches are handcrafted at the Café with locally sourced ingredients.

We require a minimum of 10 box lunches per order. Please allow at least seven business days for processing.


Senior Admission Packages

Groups of 10 or more seniors (age 65+) can enjoy an exclusive admission package at the Academy. The package includes a discounted general admission rate with lunch or reserved planetarium seating. Please allow nine business days for processing.

Contact us at travelsales@calacademy.org or (415) 379-8470, or submit your request online.


Great for Groups

For these signature Academy experiences, more is definitely merrier.
Birthday party guests encounter a python

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties at the Academy are wild! Celebrate with a party room, cupcakes, priority exhibit access, and more.

A young guest poses with skull specimens in the Academy collections

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Get an all-access pass to the Academy's scientific collections, research areas, and living roof.

View of the rainforest dome from the Living Roof at night

NightLife VIP Tours

Elevate your NightLife experience with a VIP Tour. Cocktails are, of course, included.