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Overview

Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this pre-paid 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.
  • 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 (NOTE: Currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions)
  • 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)

Departure Point

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Departure Time

5/1/2021 - 5/31/2021
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
6/1/2021 - 6/30/2021
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
7/1/2021 - 8/31/2021
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
9/1/2021 - 10/31/2021
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
11/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
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
1/1/2022 - 3/31/2022
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
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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 albino alligator 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.

Note: The Planetarium is currently CLOSED due to Covid-19 restrictions
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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
**Currently CLOSED due to Covid-19 restrictions** 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
Stop At:  
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
  • Due to Covid-19 safety requirements, all guests will also need to reserve timed-entry tickets in advance. Upon booking confirmation, a link will be provided in your ticket, which will direct you to reserve a time spot for entry.
  • Timed-entry tickets must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Entry into Planetarium, Osher Rainforest, and the Shake House earthquake simulator in Giants of Land and Sea 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 entry times and capacity are limited and your choice may not be available.
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY California Academy of Sciences

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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
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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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.

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  • "You can do this through the California Academy of Sciences website, but not on Viator." See review

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Sick in SF
Madeline_S
, Jun 2021
Got sick ten minutes in to the trip. Was going to email customer service to see if I could possibly get my money back or reschedule for a different day.
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star-5
Great day at science academy.
margo_t
, Jun 2021
Great experience. Not crowded due to covid limits. Restaurant was open fortunately with limited menu. Food was good. Shark exhibit was enjoyable.
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Great time!
Gabriel_A
, Jun 2021
It was great to see all of the interesting things. I loved penguins so being able to see the African penguins was a really great time. My girlfriend went with me as well and she loved the rainforest dome. She was taking photos of everything and staring down every single butterfly trying to figure what it was. It was a really great time for the both of us. I just wish we had known about reserving the places so we could have seen more.
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These tickets are amazing!
Jessica_S
, May 2021
These tickets allow you to walk right in! No reservation time needed to get into the Academy of Sciences. Even though tickets were sold out on the Academy of Sciences website these tickets got us in! I’m a little disappointed it’s so hard to get reservations for the rainforest, snake house and planetarium. I got there at 10am and all the reservation times had been filled. Overall it was a good experience. They have a great aquarium and the museum is interesting. I would not suggest taking a baby or someone under the age of 2. There isn’t a ton for little ones to do.
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star-5
Awesome experience
Jonathan_J
, May 2021
It was a great experience! I think I may have enjoyed it more than my kids and they loved it! I will definitely be going back soon.
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Grandson had a great time!
Yolanda_T
, Mar 2021
My 3 year old grandson had a blast! It was a little hard for him having to wait in different lines but he is the most patient 3 year old I know.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
So glad to hear that your grandson had a great time! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you both again soon!
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Covid style, make reservations for rain forest
Joan
, Nov 2020
My grandson loved the aquarium and T Rex skeleton but it was disappointing to only find out at the rainforest exhibit that we needed reservations. Also the ticket booth did not recognize my Viator bar code. They let me in any way but i I thought that strange
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review and we are happy to hear that your grandson enjoyed his experience. Thank you for also bringing to our attention that you had some trouble with your Viator code. We will look into this to ensure a smoother experience in the future!
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Perfect Monday
Shawn_F
, Nov 2020
Great time to visit Steinhart Aquarium. Not crowded and plenty of parking when we went on a Monday. Go early, it’s a whole day event!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review and support, we are happy you enjoyed your visit!
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Fun day with the family
Erica
, Nov 2020
My family and I had a great time at the California Academy of Sciences on October 30. Due to covid the academy is only allowed open to 25% capacity for safety reasons. Masks are required at all times and hand sensitization stations are everywhere. I have to say it was the first time we were able to actually see everything since their is always a ton of people. Also with the rules in affect and everyone following them it was a very safe feeling to bring the family. From learning about redwoods, to earthquakes to rain forest to the aquarium it was all a big hit. We loved and were extremely grateful this day of learning tangible science safely. Thank you California Academy of Science for your wonderful staff who all were nice, your healthy food choices to eat lunch and your continued dedication to teach everyone about Science.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Erica, We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at the Academy and felt safe! Safety is our #1 priority. Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope to see you soon!
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Great for kids
sarahdines
, Jan 2020
Amazing visit. Great aquarium. The jellyfish!!! Also loved the rainforest and butterflies, wonderful!
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