T. rex skeleton at main entrance of California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

The Academy is open every day of the year, including all federal holidays.

One general admission ticket grants access to everything under our living roof: aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Check the Daily Calendar for information on planetarium shows, animal feedings, and other exciting programs.

Museum Hours

General Admission
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sunday: 10 – 11 am

NightLife (21+ with ID)
Thursday: 6 – 10 pm

Holiday Hours
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving): 10 am – 3 pm
Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 9:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day): 11 am – 5 pm
Monday, December 31 (New Year's Eve): 9:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (New Year's Day): 9:30 am – 5 pm

Extended Hours
Friday, November 23: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday, November 24: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, December 26: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Thursday, December 27: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Friday, December 28: 9:30 am – 6 pm

Last entry one hour before closing.


General Admission

Please note: The general admission ticket prices below reflect peak pricing rates currently in effect at the Academy ticket window through January 6, 2019. Save $4 per ticket when you buy online!

$39.95 — Adult
$34.95 — Senior (ages 65+ with ID) 
$34.95 — Youth (ages 12-17)
$34.95 — Student (ages 18+ with ID)
$29.95 — Child (ages 4-11)
FREE — Children 3 and under and Academy members



An Academy membership gets you year-round access to cutting-edge exhibits, eye-popping planetarium shows, and one of the most biodiverse aquariums on Earth—all for the price of about two visits.


Ticketed Events & Experiences

Go behind the scenes, experience the Academy after dark, 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.

Community Free Days
Thank you for making our first Community Free Days a success! We'll update this page with information on future free days. 

Community Free Days are made possible thanks to generous support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Community Access Programs
The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations. 


Groups & Field Trips

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. 

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