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Location & Hours

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Highlights

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Location & Hours

3-Day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport

Market & Powell
Beach & Hyde
Bay & Taylor

SFMTA Customer Service Center:
11 S. Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103

Near Market

Cable Cars: approx. 6am-1am
Streetcars (F line): approx. 5am-1am
Most other Muni routes follow similar hours; some operate 24 hours.
Muni operates 365 days a year; see website for details.

(415) 701-2311
sfmta.com

California Academy of Sciences

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

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

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure

PIER 39
San Francisco, CA 94133

West of the marina at Beach Street and the Embarcadero, 2 blocks east of Fisherman's Wharf

Bay Cruise Adventure is available 7 days a week; frequent daily departures.
RocketBoat is seasonal and runs May-October.
Departure times vary by day and season, and special holiday hours apply; see website for details.
No service on Christmas Day.

(415) 773-1188
blueandgoldfleet.com

Aquarium of the Bay

PIER 39
The Embarcadero and Beach Street
San Francisco, CA, 94133

Jan 1-Jun 16 and Sep 4-Dec 31: Open daily, 10am-6pm
Jun 17-Sep 3: Open daily, 9am-8pm
Closed Christmas Day.
Hours may vary; visit website to confirm current hours.

(415) 623-5300
aquariumofthebay.org

Exploratorium

Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm
Open Thursday evenings 6pm-10pm for ages 18+ only; cash bar.
Closed most Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Special Monday holiday hours may apply; see website for details.

(415) 528-4444
exploratorium.edu

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA

151 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

On Third Street between Mission Street and Howard Street

Fri-Tue, 10am-5pm
Thu, 10am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(415) 357-4000
sfmoma.org

CityPASS Admission

3-Day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport

Unlimited transportation on all Muni trolleys, buses and historic cable cars for three consecutive days

California Academy of Sciences

General admission to all exhibits

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure

Your choice of a one-hour narrated Bay Cruise Adventure or a ride on RocketBoat (May-October)

Aquarium of the Bay

General admission

Exploratorium

General admission

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA

General Admission

Highlights

3-Day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport

  • See the whole city and access all the San Francisco CityPASS attractions using Muni.
  • Make your way around San Francisco on Muni’s diverse fleet of historic streetcars, world famous cable cars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, and electric trolley coaches.
  • Watch the Cable Car gripmen in action as they navigate the city streets.

California Academy of Sciences

  • 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.

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure

  • Delight in the boisterous barking of the Pier 39 sea lions as they greet you.
  • Sail underneath the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and around mysterious Alcatraz Island.
  • Enjoy unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline.
  • Move about the boat; there's indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Discover points of interest about local landmarks as you sail by from the expert narration included on each cruise.

Aquarium of the Bay

  • Stroll through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels for a scuba diver's view of over 20,000 marine animals from San Francisco Bay and nearby waters.
  • Feel the unique sensations of touching sharks, rays and sea stars in the touch pools of Touch the Bay.
  • Walk through the Near Shore exhibit tunnel to catch a view of a giant Pacific octopus — one of the smartest marine animals in San Francisco Bay.
  • Explore the distinctive ecosystems that support an incredibly wide variety of marine life in Discover the Bay.
  • Take advantage of animal feedings, movies and presentations by the Aquarium’s interpretive naturalists to enhance your visit.
  • Aquarium of the Bay is part of the Bay Ecotarium, a group of six institutions (the Sea Lion Center, The Bay Institute, Bay Model Alliance, Bay Academy and EcoCenter Park, along with Aquarium of the Bay) committed to developing future environmental champions and informing decision makers and the public about the importance of watersheds and how their actions can help.

Exploratorium

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of city and bay as you investigate the environment in the spectacular glass-and-steel Bay Observatory.
  • Get hands-on with open tinkering, building, and making activities in our expanded Tinkering Studio.
  • Explore the environment with artworks, installations, and exhibits in the Outdoor Gallery.
  • Find out how we interpret our surroundings and interact with one another in the West Gallery.
  • Experiment with the sights, sounds, and experiences of perception in the Central Gallery.
  • Examine life at different scales—from tiny microbes to the interconnected ecosystems of the bay—in the East Gallery.
  • Watch as exhibits are being created in the open-to-view Machine Shop.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA

  • See the largest public living wall in the United States, with more than 19,000 plants and 21 native species—stunning from both the inside and the outside.
  • Discover the works of artists such as Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra and Andy Warhol in the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world's greatest private collections of contemporary art, spanning more than three floors of the museum.
  • Explore the Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest space permanently dedicated to photography in any art museum in the United States. At 15,000 square feet, the center includes enhanced permanent collection galleries and new special exhibition galleries in rotation, along with a study center and the Photography Interpretive Gallery.
  • Check out the Insta-worthy public bathrooms; each floor features a different, eye-popping color, including brilliant green, deep purple, shocking pink, aquatic teal and warm red.
  • Treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at In Situ, a Michelin-star restaurant offering a curated menu of dishes contributed by over 80 chefs from around the world.

CityPASS Entry

3-Day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport

Present your CityPASS booklet to the driver of any Muni passenger vehicle to board.

You must exchange your CityPASS voucher for a CityPASS booklet prior to using MUNI. Your voucher is not redeemable or accepted for use aboard MUNI vehicles or at Cable Car Kiosks except for the Bay and Taylor Kiosk and the Hyde and Beach Kiosk; both are open from 10am-4pm (closed from 12-12:30pm). Please plan ahead; if arriving after normal exchange point hours with a voucher, you'll have to wait until morning to exchange it for a CityPASS booklet to use to board the cable cars.

California Academy of Sciences

Present your CityPASS booklet at the regular admission gate to skip the main ticket line, or present your CityPASS voucher at the main ticket office, then proceed to the regular admission line.

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure

Present your CityPASS booklet or voucher at the PIER 39 box office ticket window to exchange for a boarding pass.

Aquarium of the Bay

Present your CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main entrance.

Exploratorium

Present your CityPASS booklet or voucher at the ticketing desk.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the ticketing desk.

Offers/Upgrades

California Academy of Sciences

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 coupon in booklet for details.

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure

Escape from the Rock Cruise: 1-1/2 hour bay cruise circles Alcatraz; with narration and special effects. Kids (5-11) receive one complimentary pair of 5x magnification Blue & Gold Fleet souvenir binoculars when you upgrade to the Escape from the Rock Cruise. Cost for CityPASS holders: $5.

Aquarium of the Bay

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Cost for CityPASS holders: $17.

Exploratorium

Tactile Dome: Crawl, slide, and bump your way through a pitch-black adventure in the Tactile Dome. Call (415) 528-4362 for reservations or purchase a ticket upon arrival at the Buy Ticket line. Cost for CityPASS holders: $15. The Dome is not recommended for persons with neck, back, or knee injuries; claustrophobia; fear of the dark; or women in their last trimester of pregnancy. Youth must be at least 7 years old to participate. The Dome is an active experience so dress accordingly.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA

Audio Guides: Audio guides can be purchased at the Ticketing Desk, Membership Desk, or directly at the Audio Guide stand. Select commentary available in Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese and French. Cost for CityPASS holders: $6.

Advice for Visitors

3-Day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport

Tips:
  • Without CityPASS, a single one-way cable car ride costs $7 (Muni bus: $2.25).
  • Vouchers must be exchanged for a booklet prior to riding the cable cars. Please plan ahead; if arriving with a voucher after normal exchange point hours, you'll have to wait until morning to exchange it for a CityPASS booklet.
  • You can exchange your voucher at the Bay and Taylor Kiosk and the Hyde and Beach Kiosk; hours vary seasonally, so please check before arriving. No other MUNI locations or vehicles are able to exchange vouchers for booklets.
  • You can exchange your voucher at either of the San Francisco Visitor Information Centers. The Macy's San Francisco Visitor Information Center is open from 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday and is a great option if you arrive after attraction hours and want to exchange your voucher for a booklet so that you can use MUNI.
  • Avoid the long line at the Powell and Market cable car turn-around by boarding at stops at least four blocks above the turnaround.
  • The California Street cable car line is least crowded and easiest to board.
  • The Muni Passport does not include BART.
  • The SFMTA Customer Service Center is located at 11 S. Van Ness Avenue at Market. You can Dial 311 — or (415) 701-2311 if outside SF — for access to 24/7 visitor service information.
  • See route maps & schedules.
  • When you board your first Muni vehicle using CityPASS, the driver will note the date on the front cover of your booklet (or you can note it yourself). Your Muni passport will be valid for 3 consecutive days, beginning with and including the date on the cover.

Accessibility: Streetcars and Muni busses are 100% wheelchair accessible. Historic Cable Cars are not wheelchair accessible. Some folding chairs or mobility devices may be accommodated; step climbing is required to board.

California Academy of Sciences

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: Call (415) 379-5211.

Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure

Tips:
  • See the world famous PIER 39 sea lions seasonally on K-Dock.
  • It can be windy and cool on San Francisco Bay; bring a jacket with a hood.

Best time to visit: Morning and late afternoon cruises are least-crowded.

Accessibility: All boats are wheelchair accessible on the first deck, except RocketBoat.

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

Aquarium of the Bay

Tips:
  • See the world-famous sea lions seasonally at PIER 39's K-Dock.
  • Visit the Events Calendar prior to your visit to learn special presentation and feeding times on your travel dates.
  • Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking at the PIER 39 Garage, but many PIER 39 restaurants do.
  • Make a day of it; your aquarium ticket provides return privileges throughout the day. Come in the morning, leave for a waterfront stroll, then return for bat ray or shark feeding time.
Amenities:
  • Gift Shops: 2 retail stores

Best time to visit: Mornings are the least crowded.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible.

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

Exploratorium

Tips:
  • Get hands-on and make something in the Tinkering Studio.
  • Adults (18+) don't miss Exploratorium After Dark, an evening series that mixes cocktails (cash bar) and conversation with innovative science and art events; first Thursday of each month, 6-10pm.
  • Become part of the experiment with Sound Uncovered and Color Uncovered, two interactive books from the Exploratorium, available for free from the iTunes App Store.
Amenities:
  • Dining: The SEAGLASS Restaurant, Seismic Joint Café
  • Gift Shops: Exploratorium Store

Best time to visit: Lines tend to be shorter on weekday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

Accessibility: Exhibition spaces, store, café, and all public restrooms wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs available for no charge. Service animals welcome.

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

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (415) 528-4444.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — SFMOMA

Tips:
  • Bring headphones and download the free SFMOMA app for iOS devices. The app includes guided narratives, immersive walks and positioning technology. Download it here.
  • Enrich your visit with one of the daily public tours. Tour size is limited; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more at the ticketing desk.
  • Be sure to walk across the oculus bridge on the 5th floor, check out the view from the terrace on the 7th floor, and sit in the sculpture garden.
  • Please note that your CityPASS ticket cannot be applied towards SFMOMA membership.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Sightglass Coffee (3rd floor), Café 5 (5th floor), and In Situ (street level)
  • Gift Shops: Museum Store (located off of Third Street entrance)

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

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Email groups@sfmoma.org.

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