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  • California Academy of Sciences

    San Francisco , CA

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    Proud to be the 'Greenest' Museum in the World - Platinum LEED certified
    Please note: The Rainforest will be closed January 22-24, 2019 and May 8-9, 2019.
    Please note: The Planetarium will be closed February 25-27, 2019


    Explore earth, ocean and space - all in one place by visiting the "Greenest Museum" in the World. The California Academy of Sciences is Platinum LEED certified and the only place on the planet to combine an aquarium, natural history museum, Worlds' largest all-digital planetarium and four story rainforest under a 2.5 acre living roof. Slip on a pair of 3D glasses and check out Bugs3D! shot on location in the tropical forests of Borneo. Meet Claude the Albino Alligator and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the South African Penguin colony. Designed by award winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy 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.

    Hours

    Open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am - 5:00pm
    Sunday from 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Thanksgiving Day - November 24 - 10am - 3pm (last entry at 2 pm).
    Christmas Day - December 25 - 11am - 5pm

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    Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour

    Ticket info /hours

    Explore the Academy from an insider's perspective and spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution's 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. Visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof, and see breathtaking geology specimens in the vault.

    Please Note:

    • 1 hour guided tour
    • Behind-the-Scenes Access
    • Express entry into the building
    • VIP entrance to the Rainforests of the World Exhibit
    • Reserved Planetarium Seats
    • 10% Discount in The Moss Room restaurant and Academy Gift Shops
    • Guests 8yrs + Only

    Hours

    Open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am - 5:00pm
    Sunday from 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Thanksgiving Day - November 24 - 10am - 3pm (last entry at 2 pm).
    Christmas Day - December 25 - 11am - 5pm

    Terms & Conditions for Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice. This ticket cannot be combined with other offers or discount programs. Open Year Round. Not valid on Blackout Dates. Last entrance is 4:00pm.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult (ages 18-64) $60.90 $52.95
    Youth/Senior/Student ID (ages 12-17/65+) $60.90 $52.95
    Child (ages 8-11) $50.90 $48.90
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      San Francisco CityPASS®

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      Visit five famous San Francisco attractions and ride the world-famous cable cars for one amazing low price!

      San Francisco CityPASS® packs four of San Francisco's must-see attractions – plus unlimited Muni and cable car transportation – into a prepaid ticket booklet that fits easily into your pocket. With a CityPASS ticket booklet, you save 45% off regular combined admission.

      San Francisco CityPASS® ticket booklets include:

      • 3-Day Muni Cable Car and Bus Passport
      • California Academy of Sciences
      • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
      • Aquarium of the Bay
      • Option Ticket: Exploratorium OR San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA

      Each CityPASS® ticket booklet also includes such helpful information as insider tips, a map, attraction and transportation details, directions, and money-saving coupons. Booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

      Hours

      Open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Sunday from 11:00am - 5:00pm
      Thanksgiving Day - November 24 - 10am - 3pm (last entry at 2 pm).
      Christmas Day - December 25 - 11am - 5pm

      Terms & Conditions for San Francisco CityPASS®

      All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice.

      Includes California Academy of Sciences
      Save $79
      Valid March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019
      Gate price Your price Qty
      Adult (ages 12+) $160.00 $81.00
      Youth (ages 5-11) $119.00 $61.00

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