California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco

Aquarium, Planetarium & Museum All In One

Open Daily; Hours Vary

  • Adult GA Any Day (Ages 18-64)
  • Adult GA Any Day (Ages 18-64)
  • Adult GA Any Day (Ages 18-64)
  • Adult GA Any Day (Ages 18-64)
  • Adult GA Any Day (Ages 18-64)
  • Adult GA Any Day (Ages 18-64)

The Experience

Open Daily
Monday - Saturday | 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am - 5:00pm
About the Experience
  • Valid for One Adult (18-64), Student (18+ with ID), Senior (65+ with ID) or Youth (3-17) Weekday OR Weekend General Admission to the California Academy of Sciences
    • Admission tickets include access to everything at the Academy, all for one price
  • 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. 
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. Open now through 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 American alligator with albinism, 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
  • In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, starting on Friday, August 27, the California Academy of Sciences will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled visit for all Academy visitors ages 12 and over. This does not apply to youth ages 11 years and younger who are not currently eligible for vaccination. Masks will continue to be required for all visitors ages 2 and over while visiting the Academy in all indoor spaces. For more information about this new policy, please visit their website
  • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free
  • Some exhibits will remain temporarily closed for your safety
  • Reserve entry to the Planetarium is required 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

Once you have made your purchase you will receive an email containing your unique Rush49 voucher(s). You can access your voucher(s) any time with your Rush49 account or via email.

Present your voucher on a mobile device or printout on the day of your visit to gain admission.

Fine Print
  • Valid only for option purchased 
  • Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase
  • 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
  • Not valid for nightlife/night time entry
For full details on our refund policy click here
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.
  • 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
  • Follow directional signage, floor decals, and staff instructions!
    • Reduced building capacity 
    • Closures of some exhibits and space
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
    • Increased air flow and filtration
    • Outdoor dining
    • More ways California Academy of Sciences is keeping you safe
Tickets Valid
Expires May 25, 2024 at 8:35 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




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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this place handicap friendly ? I walk with a walker but was wondering If you have wheelchairs for rent once your inside the museum ?
The Academy is fully wheelchair accessible, welcoming manual and electric wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge at coat check on a first-come, first-served basis. To borrow one, visitors are asked to leave their photo ID for the duration of their visit.
For a student pass must the student be from San Francisco?
You don't have to be. They only asked for a Valid ID for redeeming vouchers and admission.
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