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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.

    • 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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