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Highlights

  • Dive into Steinhart Aquarium, one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.
  • Listen to a symphony of croaking frogs and chirping birds in the lush, living 4-story rainforest.
  • Experience the cosmos like never before on Morrison Planetarium’s 75-foot dome that seems to disappear when lit, creating a true-to-life recreation of luminous, faraway space and skies.
  • Explore the wildest animal courtship and mating strategies in Animal Attraction.
  • Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more in Human Odyssey.
Photo credit: Tim Griffith

Location

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Contact

Hours

Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5pm
Sun, 11am-5pm
Open 365 days a year. Holiday hours may apply on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas Day; please check website before visiting.

(415) 379-8000
calacademy.org

Offers/Upgrades

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).

Night Life: 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: $15.

Discount: Get 15% off at the Academy Store; see booklet or CityPASS Travel Guide for details.

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Advice for Visitors

Tips:

  • Upon arrival, stop first at the Planetarium entrance kiosk to secure a show time.
  • The free Academy Insider iPhone App is a great way to enhance and plan for your visit; details and download.

Amenities:

  • Dining: Academy Café, The Terrace
  • Gift Shops: Academy Store, Lab Jr.

Best time to visit: Weekdays are less crowded than weekends.

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

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Email travelsales@calacademy.org.