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  • 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


Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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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.
Osher Rainforest hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-4:45pm; Sun: 11am-4:45pm.
Rainforest entry will be by reservation only. When you arrive, scan the QR code posted in the lobby to reserve an entry time.

(415) 379-8000


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

15% off Your Purchase: 15% off your purchase in all Academy stores.

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 for CityPASS guests: $15.

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Advice for Visitors


  • 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.


  • 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. Service animals allowed.

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

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Email