Aquarium, Planetarium & Museum All In One

California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco

- Open Daily; Hours Vary
  • Daytime GA Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Daytime GA Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Daytime GA Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Daytime GA Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Daytime GA Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Daytime GA Adult (Ages 18-64)

The Deal

Open Daily
Monday - Saturday | 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am - 5:00pm
About the Deal
  • Valid for One Adult (18-64), Student (18+ with ID), Senior (65+ with ID) or Youth (3-17) Daytime General Admission to the California Academy of Sciences
  • Daytime Admission tickets include access to everything at the Academy, all for one price
  • Reunite with nearly 40,000 animal favorites, explore two new exhibits, and stoke your curiosity safely with plenty of room to roam
What We Love
  • Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 1000 unique species, The Academy offers an unprecedented view of underwater and terrestrial habitats
  • The Planetarium's 75-foot dome displays one of the most accurate digital Universes ever created. From faraway galaxies to the workings of our own planet, you'll experience the cosmos like never before
  • Research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds
  • Step inside a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life - from free-flying birds to exotic reptiles, amphibians, golden silk orb-weaver spiders, and enormous Amazonian fish that glide overhead
  • Learn about the fascinating role of color in the natural world, compare fossils of our early human relatives, and marvel at captivating and important specimens from the Academy's scientific collections
It's time to get back to the wonder of Science, and The California Academy of Science is thrilled to welcome you back with two brand new attractions. One of nature’s most powerful tools, Venom has the power to paralyze - and the potential to heal. Encounter a potent array of over a dozen venomous species in the Academy's all-new aquarium exhibit. Opening May 28, 2021 - January 23, 2022, see Sharks, a 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. Of course there's still the classics to enjoy -  the Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Osher Rainforest, and the Kimball Natural History Museum. Meet Claude the Albino Alligator, hang out with the African Penguin colony, and the 38,000 other live animals. Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, located in the center of beautiful Golden Gate Park, the Academy will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe. Let the experience begin!

Need to Know

Useful Info
  • All guests must reserve timed-entry tickets in advance of their visit
  • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free
  • Some exhibits, including the Naturalist Center, Curiosity Grove, and Discovery Tidepool, will remain temporarily closed for your safety
  • Reserve entry to the Planetarium, Osher Rainforest, and the Shake House earthquake simulator in Giants of Land and Sea in order to facilitate physical distancing. Do this by scanning a QR code with your smartphone at the Academy and selecting an entry time. Please note that entry times and capacity are limited and your first choice may not be available
  • Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4
  • Some interactive elements within certain exhibits have been disabled or modified for your safety
  • The Academy Café is open 9 am-4 pm daily, serving family-friendly favorites in a variety of grab-and-go options, as well as Andytown Coffee drinks
  • Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • The Academy Store is open daily, although hours may vary
  • Cash is accepted at all points of sale inside the Academy except locker rental, but cashless payments are preferred whenever possible. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Apple Pay, and Google Pay
  • The Academy is easily accessible via public transit, bicycle, rideshare, or car Transportation & Parking Options Here
  • Last entry one hour before closing
  • The Academy is open every day of the year, including all federal holidays
  • View complete Reopening Info and FAQs here
For All Ages
Good for Groups
Smartphone Vouchers
Online Registration
Timed Entry
Purchase this deal from Rush49 and receive a unique Voucher Code. You can access your voucher any time with your Rush49 account or receive via email.
All guests will need to reserve timed-entry tickets in advance. Please plan in advance, as capacity is limited. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your visit.  Guests must have the original voucher/ticket along with the attachment in “your order” email showing their timed entry reservation.
Please visit to make a reservation for the date you plan on visiting. 
  • Select your visit date
  • Select your entry time
  • Select your ticket quantity
  • Click Add to Cart to proceed to checkout
  • Agree to Assumption of Risk and Waiver for Entry/health and safety measures, and confirm you will respond to a health self-screening prior to entrance by clicking the YES button
  • Log in or Create an account
  • Make a Donation (Optional)
  • Review Order Summary
  • Click Checkout to confirm your visit
  • Welcome Back!
Fine Print
  • Valid only for option purchased 
  • Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase
  • Ticket prices vary by date, entry time, and age group
  • All guests must reserve timed-entry tickets in advance of their visit
    • With the exception of EBT, WIC, Lifeline Pass, and Medi-Cal cardholders, walkup sales will not be available to minimize face-to-face interaction with staff
  • This deal is non-refundable
  • Last entry one hour before closing
  • No refunds or exchanges for lost or stolen vouchers
  • The Academy is open every day of the year, including all federal holidays
  • Valid ID is required for redeeming vouchers and admission
COVID Safety Guidelines
The Academy’s top priority has always been the health and safety of our staff, guests, animals, and community. By following the five steps below, you can enjoy safe science adventures at the Academy while doing your part to protect others.
  • Advance reservations required!
  • View the health self-screening questions before heading out! View (PDF)
  • Remember the Three Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance!
  • Reservations are required for the planetarium, rainforest and Shake House!
  • Follow directional signage, floor decals, and staff instructions!
    • More ways California Academy of Sciences is keeping you safe
      • Reduced building capacity 
      • losures of some exhibits and space
      • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
      • Increased air flow and filtration
      • Outdoor dining
Tickets Valid
Expires October 25, 2021 at 10:10 PM PDT
Expiration dates may be extended upon request.


Safety Measures
Frequent Disinfecting of High-Touch Areas
Sanitizing Dispensers
Masks (Employees)
Floor Markings for Distancing
Masks (Customers)
Visible Safety Signage
Hands-Free Entry
Capacity Limits
Contactless Interaction
Timed Entry
Additional Info
Some exhibits, including the Naturalist Center, Curiosity Grove, and Discovery Tidepool, will remain temporarily closed for your safety



About the Business

The Business
The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum - all under one living roof.

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