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California Academy of Sciences

Travel the Earth and beyond in one day!
Experience an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum – all under one living roof, at the California Academy of Sciences in the heart of Golden Gate Park.


calacademy5 California Academy of SciencesRocket through the galaxy at the speed of light and journey deep into the Oceans of the World as the Academy boldly brings ‘life to life’. Meet 38,000 live animals as you come face to face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the Albino Alligator and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the South African Penguin colony.

Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes and so much more.

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Don’t miss the latest amazing digital planetarium show taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe (7-10 times a day).

Designed by award winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe.

Your entrance ticket to the Academy includes all exhibits and shows (please note some shows are capacity controlled and subject to availability).

Academy 300x199 California Academy of SciencesYou can easily reach the California Academy of Sciences with our Hop-on Hop-off City Tour, as the bus stops right in front of the museum in the heart of incredible Golden Gate Park.

While there, be sure to explore this incredible park, an urban oasis that’s even bigger than New York’s Central Park. Right next to the California Academy of Sciences you will find the De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden and San Francisco’s Botanical Garden. So be sure to explore!

Open Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Entrance is permitted up to an hour before closing. We recommend you plan to spend 3-4 hours at the Academy.

Closures: The Academy is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Adults (ages 18+): $30.00
Youth (ages 5-17): $25.00
Senior (ages 65+): $25.00
Kids (ages 4-11): $20.00
Group rates are also available for parties of 15 or more.

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