California Academy of Sciences
Interior of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco
Interior of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences Tours and Tickets

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One of the United States' premier science and natural history museums, the California Academy of Sciences holds a fascinating collection of 38,000 natural wonders. With its Morrison Planetarium, Steinhart Aquarium, four-story rain forest dome, and open-air, green "living roof," the academy is a highlight for many visitors to San Francisco.

  • 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, California, 94118

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What are people saying about California Academy of Sciences

Jon_R, Jun 2023
Great place to visit in SF
Butterflies, entire facility is great experience for kids & adults. Clean full of fun interesting things and facts.
margo_t, Jun 2021
Great day at science academy.
Great experience. Not crowded due to covid limits. Restaurant was open fortunately with limited menu. Food was good. Shark exhibit was enjoyable.
Michelle_J, Apr 2023
Great place to visit
The California Academy of Sciences is good place to visit, especially if you have children. But even as a solo adult, it was enjoyable. The lines are long but worth the wait. I do wish the aquarium was larger. Nonetheless the aquarium, rainforest, African hall, living roof, and planetarium are great.
Minh_B, Jul 2023
Explore the cosmos and more
The planetarium show Incoming was great, a must-watch if you visit the California Academy of Science. The living rainforest and aquarium sections are also nice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are California Academy of Sciences hours of operation?
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California Academy of Sciences hours of operation: . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:Should I book California Academy of Sciences tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since California Academy of Sciences can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit California Academy of Sciences 2024?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to California Academy of Sciences costs USD 23.00. Guided California Academy of Sciences tours start around USD 23.00 per person.
People Also Ask
Q:How long do people spend at the California Academy of Sciences?
A:Plan for at least three hours at this hands-on science center. That's enough time to see the highlights, including the aquarium, rainforest, and natural history exhibits. However, you could easily spend a day here, particularly if you want to attend lectures, see animal feedings, and attend evening events.
Q:Should you book California Academy of Sciences tickets in advance?
A:Yes. If you book your timed-entry tickets to the California Academy of Sciences ahead of time, you'll save money and guarantee entry into the museum at the time that works with your schedule. Generally, the further in advance you purchase your tickets, the more money you can save.
Q:Can I bring a backpack to the California Academy of Sciences?
A:Yes, visitors may bring backpacks to the California Academy of Sciences. However, all bags, including backpacks, are subject to a security check, and you may need to wear your bag on the front of the body to avoid damaging exhibits. Guests can also store belongings in paid lockers.
Q:How much is parking at the California Academy of Sciences?
A:The California Academy of Sciences doesn’t have dedicated parking, but the Music Concourse parking garage with entrances at Fulton Street and 10th Avenue and Music Concourse Drive MLK Drive offers hourly paid parking. Free street parking is available, but the Golden Gate Park area gets crowded on weekends and holidays.
Q:Can you bring food into the California Academy of Sciences?
A:Yes, guests can bring food and non-alcoholic drinks inside the California Academy of Sciences. However, only food and drinks purchased from the Academy Cafè can be consumed indoors. Guests bringing food from outside the academy may eat it in the East Garden outdoor space.
Q:Are cameras allowed in the California Academy of Sciences?
A:Yes, cameras and photography are generally allowed inside the California Academy of Sciences. Visitors can take personal photos but should remain respectful of other visitors and refrain from using flash photography at some marked exhibits. Special exhibits and other areas of the academy may have additional photography restrictions.