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California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco- General Admission

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    At your convenience

  • Start time

    Monday - Saturday: 9:30am – 5pm
    Sunday: 11am – 5pm

  • Meeting Point
    Exchange your voucher for admission at the “ Ticket Office Service Desk”, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 94118.
  • Ending Point

    The excursion ends at the California Academy of Sciences

Key Highlights

  • Explore the Universe and visit the Amazon jungle in one day
  • Meet Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • See African penguins being fed
  • Encounters with alligators, sharks, rays and a giant octopus


Come curious, leave connected! Explore an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and natural history museum all in one day. 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.

Open 365 days a year!


Explore the wonders of nature and the outer reaches of the universe – all in one place.

Make your way to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. You can exchange your voucher for your ticket at the “Ticket Office”, located at the left side of the main entrance of 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Your general admission ticket gives you access to all shows and exhibits within the Academy.

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution housed in the world’s largest public green building. Topped with a living roof, a 2.5 acre expanse of native California plants, it blends seamlessly into the beautiful landscape of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park.

Highlights of the Academy include:

Steinhart Aquarium: Home to 38,000 live creatures from around the world. Watch sharks and rays, explore a Philippine Coral Reef, meet a giant sea bass and giant Pacific octopus, and encounter an albino alligator and other fearsome creatures in The Swamp.

Morrison Planetarium: The world's largest all-digital planetarium. State-of-the-art technologies allow the planetarium to produce the most accurate and interactive digital Universe ever created.

Rainforests of the World: Step inside a living 4-story rainforest, with dripping water, croaking frogs and chirping birds. Peer into a bat cave, meet chameleons, and climb into the tree-tops to find free-flying birds and butterflies.

Kimball Natural History Museum: This focuses on the evolution of life on Earth and maintenance of life on Earth. Among popular exhibits are the skeletons of a vast Tyrannosaurus Rex and an 87 feet long blue whale.

Daily Events: Fun-to-watch events include feeding time in the African Penguin Colony and Coral Reef Dives, in which a diver descends into the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit and tells you all about it.

This is just a taste of all the enthralling exhibits and events at this cutting edge scientific institution.

Your experience ends at the California Academy of Sciences.


  • General admission to the California Academy of Sciences, including all shows and exhibits


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)Please arrive at least 10-20 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your tour.

Redemption instructions: Exchange this voucher for admission at the “Ticket Office”, located at the left side of the main entrance of California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

No refunds or exchanges for lost or stolen vouchers.

Effective April 15th 2022:

Thanks to low rates of community transmission and high rates of vaccination, masks will no longer be required indoors.

Academy staff will continue to wear masks in indoor public areas, and we still strongly encourage all guests ages 2+ to mask up.

Proof of full vaccination required, boosters strongly encouraged but not required.

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