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

Please note: The Academy will close at 3 pm on Thursday, April 25, for the Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark.

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

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

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

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

Last entry and ticket sales one hour before closing.


General Admission Prices

Please note: The general admission ticket prices below reflect peak pricing rates currently in effect at the Academy ticket window through May 5, 2019. Save $3 per ticket when you buy online!

$39.95 — Adult
$29.95 — Child (ages 4-11)
$34.95 — Youth (ages 12-17)
$34.95 — Student (ages 18+ with ID)
$34.95 — Senior (ages 65+ with ID) 
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

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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.

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

Community Tickets
In partnership with health and social service agencies in all nine Bay Area counties, we're proud to make free tickets available on select dates for families and individuals for whom cost of admission is a barrier. 

Community Tickets are made possible thanks to support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


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

Special Offer 2/1-5/5/19 details

*Join or renew by May 5, 2019, and receive up to three complimentary general admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Individual Plus, Teacher, Community Value, and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Not valid on Explorer or higher levels. Complimentary tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.