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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this pre-paid skip-the-line ticket. Walk right in to enjoy the museum's 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families. IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: All guests ages 12+ must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours of a visit in order to enter the Academy, and photo ID is required for all guests ages 18+. While masks are longer required indoors, we strongly encourage all guests to keep masking up.
  • California Academy of Science admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
  • Instant-access ticket means no waiting in line at a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher
  • Perfect for families—there's something for everyone to enjoy
  • Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
  • Step inside the 4-story rain forest and look for frogs, chameleons, and free flying birds and butterflies
  • Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall
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Instant-access admission to the California Academy of Sciences
Formal tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities (not required)
55 Music Concourse Dr , 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
4/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
7/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
9/1/2022 - 10/31/2022
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
1/1/2023 - 3/31/2023
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
4/1/2023 - 6/30/2023
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Start by making your way to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and then breeze right past the long ticket lines and enjoy a wait-free entrance. Make the most of your vacation time and get started exploring the shows and exhibits right away.

Discover the African Penguin colony; get right up close to the glass and say hello as they swoop and dive through the water. Catch a penguin feeding by the museum's marine biologists, during which they will answer any of your questions about the penguins’ biology or behavior. Visit Claude, the American alligator with albinism, and some of his swamp friends while listening to a Swamp Talk by the museum's staff.

Enter the Morrison Planetarium, an all-digital planetarium, for a show that lets you explore the farthest reaches of the universe. Then descend into the Steinhart Aquarium and see live 40,000 animals from the world over, including octopus, seahorses, and jellyfish. Watch divers as they clean the tank and tend to the fish in the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit.

Peel off your jacket and enter the 4-story rain forest. Watch for free-flying birds and butterflies and listen as the scarlet macaws argue over their toys. Check out the spiders, amphibians, and reptiles in the many glassed-in exhibits that dot the rain forest trail.
Itinerary
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California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a must-see San Francisco museum. Based in beautiful Golden Gate Park, it’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home.
Admission Ticket Included
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Steinhart Aquarium
Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums on Earth. Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 900 unique species, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater and terrestrial habitats. From species displayed nowhere else in the world to exhibits about cutting-edge research in little-known ocean ecosystems, a visit to Steinhart Aquarium is full of discovery.
Admission Ticket Free
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Morrison Planetarium
Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison's 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience. Planetarium showpasses are included in the price of admission and can be reserved at the planetarium pass pick-up desk across from the planetarium entrance.
Admission Ticket Free
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Osher Rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences
A magnificent neotropical rainforest stretches 90 feet above. Delight in the exploits of 1,600+ live plants and animals, including taxicab-like sun beetles, leafcutter ants hard at work, and a slithering Amazonian tree boa.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Entry into Planetarium is by free reservation in order to facilitate physical distancing. Upon arriving at the Academy, guests will be able to scan a QR code with their smartphone and select an entry time. Please note that the capacity for Planetarium is extremely limited. Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • All guests ages 12+ must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours of a visit in order to enter the Academy, and photo ID is required for all guests ages 18+. While masks are longer required indoors, we strongly encourage all guests to keep masking up.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For the latest vaccination and mask requirement, please check our website: https://www.calacademy.org/reopening
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY California Academy of Sciences
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.

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  • "Go during the week, ideally later in the day to avoid crowds." See review
  • "No reservation time needed to get into the Academy of Sciences." See review

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star-1
Misssed opportunity due to travel accomends
William_F
, Aug 2022
Can we reschedule for Thursday 8/11? We weren’t able attend and I would like to! Can we get a reschedule for thursday
star-5
Great science exposure
David_H
, Aug 2022
Great way to spend a day. Kids enjoyed rainforest, aquarium and planetarium. The bugs/insects exhibit less so.
star-5
Victor
VictorManuel_B
, Jul 2022
excellent place, it takes several hours to enjoy it quietly, getting there by public transport is very easy as well as using a bicycle
star-5
Family Memories
Maria_G
, Jul 2022
The planetarium! We loved all of the shows. it was well done! We learned so much and the experience will be remembered for years to come.
star-4
Parking was terrible 😢
Jocelyn_V
, Jul 2022
The 🪸 Reef show was breathtaking (newer) (we’ve been here before). A must see for the whole family. Staff were very nice and courteous.
star-5
Our trip
MaryAnn_B
, Jul 2022
Nice experience. We enjoyed our day. We liked the easy entrance tickets. Thanks. We would recommend to others.
star-5
Dad Visits Cali.
Jewels_B
, Jun 2022
It was an exciting and memorable experience. I had my husband, kids and my Dad. My dad’s first time to visit and see. He was here to visit from New York. And we all had a wonderful time.
star-5
Science Lover
Vanessa_S
, Jun 2022
Such a great time to learn science and experience how the way of life works and has evolved. Awesome attraction for family time, the kids will absolutely love it!!
star-5
Kids enjoyed
Lisa_E
, Jun 2022
Probably the white crocodile for the kids and T Rex when we walked through the doors. The aquarium was our purpose but it's a little disappointing when the tide pools for hands on wasn't open. The rainforest was difficult to find entrance. No food or drink inside was a pain but they do offer an area for kids outside to eat and play which the kids did enjoy.
star-5
Science Academy Time
Michael_B
, May 2022
Understanding the eco system and the way San Francisco has evolved since it's early years. Very good for children
star-5
A rare opportunity to expand scientific vocabulary and knowledge in one place!
Reyna_C
, Apr 2022
My family and I spent over 6 hours at the California Academy of Science and still didn’t see everything it had to offer! My 8 and 9 year old kids especially enjoyed the rainforest with all it’s wonderful reptiles, insects, and butterflies all around us. I especially enjoyed the Natural Sciences exhibit, as well as the evolutionary skeletal displays. We need an additional day to experience it all!
star-4
Probably best for families with kids
Amanda_B
, Apr 2022
This was fun, probably more geared toward families with kids. Best to get there early, before the crowds. The prepaid ticket was helpful.
star-4
Nice visit but I wouldn't say a "must see" of San Francisco
Matthew_K
, Apr 2022
The aquatic displays were nice. It was a bit crowded but I think it was because of the time of day we were there.
star-3
Planetarium not what we expected
sfrankl2
, Mar 2022
Planetarium show was not what we expected. Too scientific for kids. Rainforest and aquarium were very cool.
star-5
Everyone was very...
Kathy_P
, Feb 2022
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Would use them again. Very organized and efficient. And also I would recommend them to others.
star-5
The 1st visit at the Academy
Edwin_B
, Feb 2022
When my daughter seeing different kinds of fishes & seeing the only white alligator. Seeing dinosaurs bones.
star-5
A must see in San Francisco
Melva_M
, Jan 2022
I enjoyed every moment I spent here! Everything was fascinating to me and the staff were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They made this experience memorable for me.
star-5
Best Day Out With my Grandsons
Ineatress_H
, Nov 2021
All of it was so Awesome 👏🏽 my grandson’s “LOVED IT”!! Thank you 😊 I will be back with more of my family and friends. I enjoyed everything and had a GREAT TIME!!!
star-5
The Planetarium show was...
Robert_R
, Nov 2021
The Planetarium show was spectacular. The Rainforest exhibit was lively and hot.When exiting the Rainforest the elevator descended to the Cool depths of the wonderful Steinhart Aquarium.
star-1
no vac no life
KRYSTSINA_Z
, Sep 2021
Our children were looking forward to this visit. but failed to enter because of vaccines. we all are disappointed
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