Based in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is a destination like no other and a must-see San Francisco museum. It’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.
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 showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home. Source: calacademy.org
California Academy of Sciences - Know Before Your Go
Come early as there really is a lot to see at the Cal Academy of Sciences. Also some activities require a ticket. The tickets are free but you want to get your choice of times.
Some shows and activities in the Cal Academy require (free) tickets. Get your tickets for these events as soon as you enter the Cal Academy.
Pokemon Go is everywhere at the Cal Academy and Golden Gate Park. Enjoy!
Junior Scientist Adventure (FREE!): Stop off at the coat check and check out a field science backpack full of tools and an activity sheet to guide your exploration. Complete 3 or more activities and receive a certificate! This self guided activity is FREE with admission. Backpacks are distributed at the coat check from opening until 4 PM on a first come, first served basis.
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm; Thursday NightLife (21+): 6 – 10 pm; Last entry at 4 pmGeneral Admission: $34.95 - Adult; $29.95 - Senior (ages 65+); $29.95 - Student; $29.95 - Youth (ages 12–17); $24.95 - Child (ages 4–11); Children ages 3 and under are free. General Admission tickets include access to all museum and aquarium exhibits—including the rainforest, planetarium, living roof, and a wide range of daily programs.