The California Academy of Sciences, named one of the ‘New Wonders of the World’ by Conde Nast Traveler, is an absolute must-see destination in San Francisco. Home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and research and education programs.
From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while immersive space shows will transport audiences beyond the boundaries of our planet. Opportunities abound to meet Academy scientists, share in their discoveries, and join the journey to make our world a greener, more sustainable place to live.
Come face to face with snakes, meet Claude the Albino Alligator and hang out with Pierre, and the rest of the South African Penguin colony.
The entire Academy is driven by two burning questions: How did life on earth develop and how will we sustain it? The 412,000 square foot structure is not only visually impressive, but is also the greenest museum on the planet. Some of the many “green” features include a 2 ½ acre Living Roof, a large solar canopy, a water reclamation system, and walls that are insulated with recycled blue jeans!
Interactions with animals, educators, and biologists within immersive, hands-on exhibits offer discovery and wonder for guests of all ages. Check out the penguin feeding, swamp talk, coral reef & lagoon sessions (times and days vary).
The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park has quickly become a premiere attraction for visitors to San Francisco. In addition to its tourist appeal, the Academy is also globally renowned for its cutting edge eco-friendly construction and impressive operations. There are nearly 40,000 live animals housed within the 400,000 square foot structure!
Be sure not to miss one of the best things to do in the Bay Area and see for yourself why the California Academy of Sciences has quickly become the number one ticketed attraction in San Francisco.
Present your pass at the ticket office window or service desk. Your general admission ticket to the Academy includes access to all exhibits and shows. Check the daily schedule upon entry for events, times, and locations. The Planetarium Show and any special exhibits are capacity controlled and subject to availability on the day of your visit.
You may visit the California Academy of Sciences once with your pass.
Academy is free to the general public on select Sundays throughout the year and admission is provided on a first-come, first-served basis on these dates. We advise visiting on an alternate date to avoid massive crowds.
Show your pass at the Academy Store and save 15% on your purchase!