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California Academy of Sciences

General Admission Hours

  • Mon - Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Last entry at 4 p.m.
  • NightLife Hours (21+)

  • Thu., 6- 10 p.m.
  • Parking

  • Street
  • Parking Lot
  • Public Transit

  • SF Muni 44 O’Shaughnessy
  • SF Muni 5 Fulton
  • SF Muni N Judah
  • $3 off general admission when you take public transportation.
    Getting Here

    Bike racks available.


    Explore an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof in Golden Gate Park. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while immersive planetarium shows will transport you through space and time for a new perspective on our planet. A variety of programs—from penguin feedings and conversations with real scientists to hands-on programs just for kids—offer a wealth of opportunities to dive deeper.

    • Now Showing: Exhibition Reef
      Exhibition Reef is the latest original planetarium program at California Academy of Sciences. Learn the secrets of the "rainforests of the sea" in exquisite detail and witness the breathtaking beauty and biodiversity of coral reefs, and the scientists taking action to restore them.
    • Stay Overnight with Penguins+Pajamas
      Get ready for the wildest sleepover ever and experience your own night at the museum with a family-friendly sleepover. Explore exhibits after hours, settle in for story-time and roll out your sleeping bag next to swaying kelp or face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator.
    • NightLife at the Academy
      Every Thursday night, the museum transforms into San Francisco’s most popular cultural night spot—a lively venue filled with music, creatures and cocktails. Each week features a live band or DJ and a unique theme, from pop-up art galleries to film screenings to beer tastings, blending fun with science in a social environment. For adults ages 21+
    • Color of Life
      Discover nature's secret language and explore the world of color like never before. Vibrant live animals and stunning interactive exhibits illustrate the dazzling — and often surprising — role that color plays in the natural world.

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