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One ticket booklet that saves 44% on admission to California Academy of Sciences
and 3 other must-see San Francisco attractions plus unlimited cable car rides

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Living Roof

2.5-acre expanse of native California plants, part of the museum’s green building strategy



Open through January 31, 2017



Steinhart Aquarium

Exhibits include Philippine Coral Reef, Northern California Coast, Water Planet, African Penguins and The Swamp.


Morrison Planetarium

The largest all-digital dome in the world with digital planetarium shows daily


The Swamp

Meet Claude, a rare albino American alligator


South African Penguins

A colony of African penguins dip and dive in a 25,000-gallon tank in the African Hall.

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California Academy of Sciences

The World’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come face to face with penguins and piranhas, climb into the canopy of a four-story rainforest, and stop and smell the wildflowers on a 2.5-acre living roof. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it’s all inside the California Academy of Sciences.

CityPASS Admission

General admission to all exhibits including the aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, natural history museum, and living roof.

Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 379-8000


Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5pm

Sun, 11am-5pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


  • Steinhart Aquarium hosts 38,000 live animals from around the world.
  • A symphony of croaking frogs and chirping birds await you inside a living 4-story rainforest.
  • CityPASS includes a planetarium show on the largest all-digital dome in the world.
  • Animal Attraction explores the wildest animal courtship and mating strategies.
  • Human Odyssey interactively documents the evolution of Homo sapiens and features skull casts of three early human species, as well as a full-scale reproduction of the famous Lucy skeleton.

CityPASS Entry

Present CityPASS booklet at the regular admission gate to skip the main ticket line. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the main ticket office, then proceed to the regular admission line.

Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS

Open through January 31, 2017
Don’t miss Earthquake, a major new exhibit and planetarium show exploring the seismic science that has shaped Earth’s evolution and continues to impact our lives today.

Upgrades for CityPASS Holders

Academy and Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Purchase on day of visit, or book online. Cost for CityPASS holders: Ages 8+, 24.95 (subject to availability).

NightLife: Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme – from salsa dancing to sustainable seafood and beyond. For ages 21+. Cost: $12.

Advice for Visitors

  • Weekdays are less crowded than weekends.
  • Upon arrival, stop first at the Planetarium entrance kiosk to secure a show time.
  • The Academy is free to everyone on selected Sundays throughout the year: June 2, 2013; September 29, 2013; and December 8, 2013. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand.
  • The free Academy Insider iPhone App is a great way to enhance and plan for your visit; details and download.
  • Get 15% off at the Academy Store; see coupon in booklet for details.

On-site Services

Parking: Music Concourse Parking Facility; includes 15 wheelchair-accessible spots.

Dining: Academy Café, The Terrace

Accessibility: Wheelchairs and assistive listening devices upon request. Audio tours available for blind or partially sighted visitors. Service animals allowed.

Self-Guide: Academy Insider iPhone App, Pocket Penguins iPhone/Android App

Gift Shop: Academy Store, Lab Jr.

Coat Check: In front lobby

Getting There

MUNI Bus lines: The 44 bus line stops in front. Line 5 stops adjacent to the park.

N-Judah Streetcar: Stops at 9th Avenue, a five-minute walk to the Academy.

Group Requirements

Groups of 10 or more: Call (415) 379-5211.

Plan Your Visit to San Francisco - Use our collection of San Francisco tourist attraction and city resources - including transportation and attraction information, maps and more - to better plan your CityPASS trip.

CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating San Francisco attractions.

Customer Care

US & Canada:
(888) 330-5008 (toll free)
Direct: +1 (208) 787-4300
UK:  (0)20 3287 8369
Mexico:  55 4169 2589
Australia:  (0)2 8005 5729

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