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.
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
Last entry one hour before closing.
During the summer, the peak pricing rates below apply to tickets purchased onsite at the museum ticket window. You can save $4 per ticket by buying online, through Labor Day weekend.
$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
Academy members enjoy free, unlimited daily admission, exclusive events and exhibit previews, members-only hours, flexible payment options, and much more.
Ticketed Events & Experiences
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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.
New! Community Free Days
In celebration of the Academy’s 10th anniversary in our new Golden Gate Park building, we’re excited to thank the community we’re so proud to serve by offering free admission over a three-day period from September 23-25, 2018. Subscribe to email updates to be notified when free admission tickets become available.
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
Academy members enjoy unlimited admission. Join, renew, or gift a membership today.
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