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  • Front Lobby of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

    Get ready for Science!
  • california-academy-sciences-rainforest-w

    Walk through a multi-tiered rainforest and see birds, butterflies, and fish!
  • The Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park

    The California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park
  • Coral reef at the Academy of Sciences

    Explore the Aquarium and see the Coral Reef tank
  • california-academy-sciences-albino-crocodile-w

    Meet Claude, the albino Alligator, who lives in the Swamp Exhibit

California Academy of Sciences

This one-day ticket gives you access to:

  • 1 full day exploring the Academy of Sciences
  • Natural history museum
  • World’s deepest coral reef exhibit
  • Four story rainforest exhibit
  • Planetarium
  • Living roof
  • …and much, MUCH more!
 

Retail price: $39.95 adult/$29.95 child*

Web price: $34.95 adult/$24.95 child*

Internet savings: $5

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*Child rates are 4-11. Kids 3 & under are FREE (with reservation). Senior and student discounts available.

The California Academy of Sciences is home to an aquarium, natural history museum, planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, all under one living roof. Exhibits include a four-story living rainforest, live coral reef, state-of-the-art planetarium show, exhibits on earthquakes and evolution, thousands of live animals, and interactive activities for all ages.Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly through space and time and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears—and an albino alligator—inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it’s all inside the California Academy of Sciences.

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Get your tickets to the California Academy of Sciences

Open: Daily, year ’round
Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Transport: Accessible by public transportation, hop on hop off tour bus, or private car
Activities: Adventure, Photography, Wildlife & Nature
Includes: Access to all current exhibits: Philippine Reef
Planetarium
Rainforest
Natural History
Rotating seasonal exhibits
PLUS coupons for free souveneirs and special extras!
Not included: Transportation
Nightlife
Behind the Scenes tour
special lectures or programs

 

Current Exhibits

Tusher African Hall Chameleons, cichlids, a monitor lizard and penguins bring African Hall to life. Our most famous residents here are the colony of 20 African penguins. Their home is modeled after Boulders Beach in South Africa, a location where these penguins are found in the wild.
Steinhart Aquarium California Academy of Sciences African Hall cChris PiconAnimal Attraction explores some of the wildest courtship and mating strategies in the animal kingdom. In 18 beautiful tanks, the exhibit will explore the concept that nothing in life is more important than reproductive success. The 100,000-gallon Northern California Coast tank replicates the habitats of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Kimball Natural History Museum The exhibits of the Kimball Natural History Museum address two of the most significant and closely-intertwined scientific issues of our time: The evolution of life on Earth and the maintenance of life on Earth.
Morrison Planetarium See the universe at the Morrison Planetarium inside the California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. State-of-the-art projector and software technologies allow the planetarium to produce the most accurate and interactive digital Universe ever created.
Philippine Coral Reef At a depth of 25 feet and holding 212,000 gallons of water, the Philippine Coral Reef is one of the deepest exhibits of live corals in the world. It houses a broad range of aquatic life from the coral reefs and mangroves of the Philippines, one of the most diverse reef systems in the world.
Rainforests of the World Explore the amazing indoor multi-tiered rainforest at the Academy of SciencesThe Academy Rainforest is teeming with live animals — including free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles and amphibians, and a cave with bats. Climb through the layers of the rainforest and descend into a 100,000 gallon “Flooded Forest” tank, where freshwater fish cruise overhead.
Swamp A returning favorite from the original Steinhart Aquarium, the Swamp contains Claude (an albino American alligator), and several alligator snapping turtles.
…and MORE Additional exhibits like the Living Roof, Project Lab, Evolving Traditions, etc.

California Academy of Sciences Living Roof

The California Academy of Sciences

  • hosts a living roof
  • is insulated by recycled blue jeans
  • employs a passive heating-and-cooling system
  • is the first DOUBLE-PLATINUM Leed Certified Museum
  • AND the largest building to receive the Double-Platinum certification!

Items to Bring:

  • Camera & charger
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Photo ID and printed voucher are required to claim tickets at Will Call
  • Don’t forget your coupons (attached to your confirmation email) for discounts and FREE souveneirs!

Family Memories (Academy of Sciences)

Family Memories


I cannot convey how special the Academy is to me and my family, the memories it holds for me as a child myself and now with my own children cannot compare! I look forward to all the fun we will continue having!
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- Ali
Visited 2013
California Academy of Sciences

5.0
2014-01-08T01:36:36+00:00
Family Memories I cannot convey how special the Academy is to me and my family, the memories it holds for me as a child myself and now with my own children cannot compare! I look forward to all the fun we will continue having! . - Ali Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciences

Words Cannot Describe It (Academy of Sciences)

Words Cannot Describe It


Words can not describe the Academy of Sciences - you have to be there to feel it.


- Zoubeir
Visited 2013
California Academy of Sciences

5.0
2014-01-08T01:41:19+00:00
Words Cannot Describe It Words can not describe the Academy of Sciences - you have to be there to feel it. - Zoubeir Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciences

Definitely worth Visiting – More than Once (Academy of Sciences)

Definitely worth Visiting - More than Once


The Academy of Sciences is a treat not to be missed. It is a wonderful way to explore and understand our world. From hands on experiences, to informative talks, to feeding of the penguins, going from unbelievably small to so far out among the stars in the planetarium, and finding out how tall giraffes really are, all so wonderfully amazing. Definitely worth visiting (more than once) by everyone.


- John H.
Visited 2013
California Academy of Sciences

5.0
2014-01-08T01:44:39+00:00
Definitely worth Visiting - More than Once The Academy of Sciences is a treat not to be missed. It is a wonderful way to explore and understand our world. From hands on experiences, to informative talks, to feeding of the penguins, going from unbelievably small to so far out among the stars in the planetarium, and finding out how tall giraffes really are, all so wonderfully amazing. Definitely worth visiting (more than once) by everyone. - John H. Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciences

Can’t Miss (Academy of Sciences)

Can't Miss


A great experience for the whole family. You can't miss the rainforest and the aquarium. Educational and fun.


- Elaine
Visited 2013
California Academy of Sciences

5.0
2014-01-08T01:47:09+00:00
Can't Miss A great experience for the whole family. You can't miss the rainforest and the aquarium. Educational and fun. - Elaine Visited 2013 California Academy of Sciences
5.0
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