California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco

Aquarium, Planetarium & Museum All In One

Open Daily; Hours Vary

  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission for 1 Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission for 1 Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission for 1 Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission for 1 Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission for 1 Adult (Ages 18-64)
  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission for 1 Adult (Ages 18-64)

The Experience

Open Daily
Monday - Saturday | 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am - 5:00pm
NightLife | Thursdays from 6pm-10pm
Last Entry at 9pm
About the Experience

California Academy of Sciences | Golden Gate Park

Osher Rainforest is open! We appreciate your patience during the recent closure and look forward to welcoming you back to the dome.

Life-changing moments. World-changing science. We’re an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park—and a powerful voice for biodiversity research and exploration, environmental education, and sustainability across the globe

  • Any Day/Any Time General Admission | Includes:
    • Access to everything at the Academy, all for one price
  • NightLife Admission | Includes:
    • Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals
    • Not available: (2023) 11/23, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28 | (2024) 1/4, 2/8, 2/15, 4/18, 6/6, 6/20


The Academy no longer requires guests to wear a mask indoors, although masks will remain highly encouraged.

What We Love
  • Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 1000 unique species
  • The Planetarium's 75-foot dome displays one of the most accurate digital Universes ever created
  • Research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents
  • 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
It's time to get back to the wonder of Science, and The California Academy of Science is thrilled to welcome you back! 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
  • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free
  • 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 Health & Safety 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.

Your Rush49 voucher is your E-Ticket. Present your Rush49 voucher with with QR code visible on a mobile device or print out on the day of your visit.

Tickets Valid
Promotional Value Expires 90 Days After Purchase
Fine Print
  • NightLife is not available on the following dates: 11/23, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28 | 1/4, 2/8, 2/15, 4/18, 6/6, 6/20
  • 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
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • This deal is non-refundable
  • Cannot be combined with any other special offers, promotions or discounts
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services
For full details on our refund policy click here


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.
Have a Question? Ask it here and we'll try to find the answer.

Experience Reviews


Richard Wong

Wed Mar 30 11:27:30 PDT 2022

Awesome experience.


Troy Tom

Thu Jan 06 15:23:28 PST 2022

Love the Academy of Sciences! The exhibits and aquarium are fantastic for both young and old alike to experience the wonder of God's creation.

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