An Academy membership opens up your world—and helps to protect it. Discover how a diverse community of curious science-lovers can help you activate your passion for the planet.

Please note: The Academy is temporarily closed, effective Sunday, November 29, 2020.

Members, it was wonderful to reunite with you in October and November, but San Francisco's downgrade into the "purple" tier requires us to close our doors to protect public health. We continue to be grateful for your unflagging support during this difficult year, and look forward to welcoming you back once again when it's safe to do so.

For more information, please visit our closure page.

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Explore levels & benefits

Membership benefits include free Daytime Admission all year long, exclusive programs and events, and Member Hours every Sunday and Tuesday morning.

Guests observe a day octopus in Color of Life exhibit

Flexible payment options

With auto-renewal or an Annual Membership Subscription, it's never been easier—or greener—to be an Academy member. Enjoy the convenience of automatic payments and uninterrupted benefits year after year while using less paper and resources.  

Marine biologist Rebecca Albright conduct underwater research on a coral reef

Members make a difference

Academy members give as much as they receive: From expanding access to world-class STEM programs to pioneering coral reef conservation, your membership is an investment in the future of the planet.

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Match your gift!

Your membership can have twice the impact on the Academy with a matching gift from your employer! Visit our new Matching Gifts page for more details and to see if your employer is a participant.


Help us continue to recover, rebound, and rebuild. Please contribute to the Academy Resilience Fund today.