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 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
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.
Community Access Programs
The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations.
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
Join or renew by May 5, 2019, and receive free general admission tickets with promo code TICKET19. See offer details below.*
Save 42% or more on admission to the Academy and three other must-see San Francisco attractions with CityPASS—plus three days unlimited cable car and Muni rides.
Save up to 55% on admission to the Academy and 25 other San Francisco attractions with a Go San Francisco Card.
Check out special offers on city tours and Academy admission from our partners.
*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.