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San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

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Visit San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. The venue allows you to see African penguins, rocket through the galaxy, experience a coral reef, and much more, all in one place!

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  • Explore an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and natural history museum all in one day at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Experience the world's largest all-digital planetarium as you journey into space
  • Visit the African Penguin exhibit, marvel at Claude, the American alligator with albinism, and see thousands of exotic fish in the aquarium
  • Enjoy the wildflowers on the 2.5-acre living roof
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The superb complex incorporates all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe! Don’t miss the African penguins – and 38,000 other live animals – at the California Academy of Sciences in the heart of Golden Gate Park, a must-see attraction in San Francisco. Rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light or journey deep into the oceans of the world as the Academy boldly brings life to life. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the American alligator with albinism, and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio, and the rest of the South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes, and so much more. Catch the latest amazing digital planetarium show, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, held 7-10 times a day. Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum housed under a living roof 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. New Exhibit: Sharks, open through to January 23, 2022. Don't miss this traveling exhibition created by Grande Experiences. Learn about one of the most awe-inspiring and misunderstood creatures on the planet and the critical role sharks play in ocean ecosystems around the globe.
  • General entry ticket
  • Exhibits and shows
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Meeting point

The California Academy of Science is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive, inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. On the day, proceed directly to the attraction entrance and present your ticket for entry to the California Academy of Sciences.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • All guests ages 2 & up must continue to wear a mask indoors. Guests ages 12 & above will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours to enter the museum, effective August 27, 2021. Acceptable forms of proof include a paper vaccination card, photo of valid vaccination card, or digital vaccination card. Visitors ages 18 years and over will also be required to provide photo ID in order to verify that the proof of vaccination or negative test result is their own. Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must include name, date, and type of test, and indication that the result was negative for COVID.
  • To reserve entry to the Planetarium you will need to scan a QR code with your smartphone at the Academy and select an entry time
  • Children under 4 are not permitted inside the Planetarium
  • General entry ticket, exhibits, and shows are included
  • Food and drinks will not be provided
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 159 reviews

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My husband and I took my 10 year old daughter and we all really enjoyed our visit. Staff really friendly and informative. Covid checks in place and place clean. Planetarium amazing as was the rainforest. Food court had good coffee and snacks, usual pizza/fast food style but also soups and salads. Would definitely recommend and go again.

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December 19, 2021

We loved the activities! The only thing that was hard on us was the timing. Because of Covid-19, activities are limited to reservations, even though you paid to get in, there is no guarantee that you'll get to do all the activities. That was the only downside to going there during this pandemic.

June 8, 2021

I wish I had scheduled more time to more fully explore this wonderful learning resource. Exhibits were well displayed. Ample learning activities existed for young learners that were very engaging. Effort was made to explain and make relevant all of the exhibits I saw. Staff seemed friendly and answered my questions. Take your family and enjoy a pleasant day learning about the world we live in.

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August 15, 2019

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