- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
The California Academy of Sciences is the world's only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum - all under one living roof! And to make it as easy as possible, this ticket includes instant access, meaning you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your — just present it right at the California Academy of Science's entrance and be on your way.
- Entry/Admission - California Academy of Sciences
- Formal tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (not required)
55 Music Concourse Dr
Academy Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday 9:30am-5pm
Last entry one hour before closing. Holiday hours subject to change.
Returns to original departure point
Steinhart Aquarium: Highlights include the Philippine Coral Reef, the California Coast tank, and Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed.
Osher Rainforest: A glass dome houses the four-story living rainforest, where birds and butterflies fly freely among lush tropical trees, plants, and other animals from around the world.
Living Roof: Visit our rolling green roof for views of Golden Gate Park and beyond.California wildflowers bloom in spring while dozens of native plants provide habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies year-round.
African Penguins: Visit our colony of charismatic South African birds. Join a biologist for penguin feedings at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily.
The Swamp: Meet its most famous resident, Claude, an albino American alligator, who shares his home with a trio of prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtles.
Morrison Planetarium: Reserve a ticket (free with admission) at the Planetarium kiosk to see our newest show, Expedition Reef.
Newest Exhibit: Giants of Land and Sea. Explore Northern California's natural wonders through a variety of experiences: feel your way through an immersive fog room, keep your balance in an earthquake simulator, virtually ascend to the top of a towering redwood, and see a variety of specimens and fossils.
• Planetarium Shows
• Daily at 10:30am - 4:30pm
• Coral Reef Dives
• Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
• Penguin Feedings
• Daily at 10.30am and 3pm
• Swamp Talk
• Daily at 3:30pm
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Planetarium seat tickets (free with admission) can be reserved at the planetarium kiosk upon arrival.
- The interactive map includes a sensory guide for guests with noise, visual, touch, and/or smell sensitivities. Plan your route at www.calacademy.org/map
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
A wonderful museum full of interesting exhibits. We spent several hours there and were never bored. We particularly liked the eco dome and the planetarium show and the earthquake experience.
Tried to do two tours in one day, Didn't get to tour the whole tour as the tour ended at 5:00 P.M. Will try to take the tour again
Check in was quick, easy and smooth. Everywhere we went help was available, friendly and thorough.
Really amazing -- so many different things to see and do. The shake shack as my daughter calls it was the best because it gave you a real feel for the earthquake pun intended. My husband's favorite was the biosphere and mine was the planetarium!!
Excellent museum. Something for everyone. The restaurant has excellent food: best clam chowder we had in San Francisco.
The Academy of Sciences is awesome and a great place to take kids. Plan to spend a good part of the day here!
Have done this tour twice and never tire of it. Very enlightening, educational and just just a fabulous time!
We spent HOURS here and never ran out of interesting things to see, experience, and learn about. Highly recommend this. My daughter and I both loved it. :
Lots and lots to see here. Better than most similar museums/aquariums because of the wide variety of exhibits to see and how things are displayed. For example, you can see a 20 foot aquarium from the usual underwater level as well as from above water. Cafe was reasonably priced and surprisingly efficient. It wasn't super busy when we went mid-week during summer and there wasn't much line to buy tickets or get in, so the skip the line wasn't critical. E-ticket worked without a hitch.
Highly informative and educational. Great for kids and adults! Could easily spend a whole day here.
This was my first visit to the Academy of Science despite being a Bay Area native for 25 years. The reason I bought the ticket was because of the T-Rex just inside the lobby and I had realized that I've never seen a dinosaur fossil in person before. I was also very interested in visiting the rainforest exhibit and didn't look too much into it beyond that. My fiance and I were treated to a wonderfully warm experience with dozens of birds and butterflies and all manner of non-native plant life. On top of that, we were treated to an Aquarium that was so much better than Pier 39s. I didn't even know it was there until we took the elevator down! The species in this place are MASSIVE. Your jaw will drop with awe when you see these sea creature who must be hundreds and hundreds of years old. It is almost as if you are taking a step back in time. And the interactive panels for all of the displays was a very nice touch.
Unfortunately we did not get to visit the planetarium this time. That is a top priority for our next visit. We will definitely be back.
This place is wonderful for families with young children and want educational and fun avtivities. Our kids enjoyed it very much.
Loved the aquarium and rain forest the most!! Wish the hands on touching of the tide pool critters was open later than 4:00.
The Ca Academy of Sciences is amazing. There is so much to see and do. We spent hours there and still didn't even come close to seeing everything. My only complaint about buying my ticket through this site is that you cannot skip the line. You still have to go to customer service or the ticket booth and get tickets. The staff member told us they have told Viator that many times and they still haven't changed it on the website.
The Academy of Sciences was wonderful and will worth seeing everything. I would highly recommend it to anyone of any age. However, I had called to add our granddaughter to our reservations and had payed for her ticket adult price when we got there our tickets were fine but they wouldn't honor our granddaughters ticket so I had to pay for her again 29