Visitors explore a four-story living rainforest, a planetarium with a 75-foot dome, a moving earthquake exhibit, a living roof, and more
About This Deal
- Admission to the Museum
- Free admission for children ages 2 and under
Senior or student must present an ID proof
Reservations are required for the planetarium. When you get to the Academy, keep an eye out for lobby signage with a scannable QR code and follow the onsite instructions to select the party size (maximum of 8) and book your desired time. Please be sure to arrive on time as we may not be able to accommodate latecomers.
Please note that the capacity for Planetarium is extremely limited. Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.
- Guests ages 12 and above will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours to enter the museum, effective August 27, 2021. Acceptable forms of proof include paper vaccination card, photo of valid vaccination card, or digital vaccination card.
- Visitors ages 18 years and over will also be required to provide photo ID in order to verify that the proof of vaccination or negative test result is their own.
- Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must include name, date, and type of test, and indication that the result was negative for COVID-19.
Not applicable to youth ages 11 years and younger who are not currently eligible for vaccination.
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- Health and safety regulations:
- All staff members and guests ages 3 and up are required to wear masks indoor and outdoor at all times
- Guests are required to consult health self-screening questions prior to their scheduled visit
- Visitors are required to keep a distance of a minimum 6 ft between their party and other guests
- Guests are required to follow directional signage, floor decals, and staff instructions
- View health and safety FAQ
- Visit website for additional details.
About California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences, based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Inside one of the greenest museums in the world, visitors find exhibits and experiences that can only be seen at the Academy: including 40,000 animals living in the aquarium and live penguins in African Hall, and new exhibits throughout the year.
- Size: There is a lot happening under the 2.5-acre living roof: walk past the massive T. Rex skeleton to see the 40,000 animals living in the aquarium, and check out the 90-foot glass dome rainforest, the 87-foot long blue whale skeleton, and more.
- Crown Jewel: The Steinhart Aquarium, one of most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums on earth. Home to 40,000 living animals.
- Eye Catcher: Claude, the beloved American alligator with albinism sitting on his rock in the Swamp exhibit.
- Giants of Land and Sea: Experience Northern California's natural wonders hands-on: guests feel their way through an immersive fog room, try to hold their balance in an earthquake room, virtually climb the top of a towering redwood tree, and examine several native specimens and fossils.
- Don't Miss: Our colony of African Penguin as they waddle, splash, and socialize with each other.
- Venom: Fangs, Stingrays, and Spines. Learn how scientists are studying venom to harness compounds that could hold the key to curing human disease in our newest exhibit.
- New Exhibit: Sharks open now through January 23, 2022. Don't miss this traveling exhibition created by Grande Experiences. Learn about one of the most awe-inspiring and misunderstood creatures on the planet and the critical role sharks play in ocean ecosystems around the globe.