Tickets for California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line

An aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and more!

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Opening hours
Today:  09:30 - 17:00
Tomorrow:  09:30 - 17:00
Sunday:  11:00 - 17:00
Monday:  09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 17:00
  • Find Nemo and over 2,000 species on the Philippine Coral Reef - one of the deepest exhibits of live corals in the world
  • Visit 40,000 animals including free-flying birds, butterflies, and reptiles in a four-story rainforest, then head to the Natural History Museum
  • See the stars in the amazing all-digital Planetarium (the largest in the world), and be awed even more by the academy's 2.5-acre living roof!
Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity
Now on - Jan 15, 2020

It's the largest organ in the human body – a uniquely personal, yet universal living interface that connects our inner world of experience with the outer world of physical reality. Skin is more than just a protective wrapper for our mushy insides.

This new exhibition invites you to explore the beauty and sophistication of skin through a slew of rarely seen scientific specimens and fascinating interactive experiences. Ponder upon a challenging subject that's far from black and white.

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Journey from the depths of the ocean to the canopy of the jungle, and keep going all the way to the edges of the galaxy, all in one day! The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is the world’s only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and natural history museum all under one incredible living roof.

There's no better place to get back to nature, apparently, than in the middle of San Francisco! There are endless things to entertain and educate the whole family in The California Academy of Sciences, which is consequently world’s greenest museum.

The Philippine Coral Reef is not only home to Nemo and his buddies, it's one of the deepest live coral exhibitions on the planet! Watch 2,000 reef fish whoosh about, then go from ocean-blue to forest-green as you spiral your way up into the canopy of a ginormous four-story living rainforest.

Once you've said hi to the free-flying birds, anacondas, Amazonian piranhas, fruit bats, and over 40,000 other animals, feel the earth move under your feet as you experience the power of San Francisco’s two biggest earthquakes in the 'shake house'. Then head to the all-digital planetarium and cast your eyes and mind to galaxies far, far away.

At the family-friendly California Academy of Sciences, you'll feel like you've taken a trip around the world in one day!

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What's included
Access to the aquarium
Access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, the rainforest, the planetarium, and the living roof
Admission to a wide range of daily programs
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes are possible for this ticket
California Academy of Sciences
55,Music Concourse Drive, 94118, San Francisco
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info

Getting There

  • Streetcar: N-Judah Muni Metro (wheelchair-accessible) to 9th Avenue and Irving Street
  • Bus: Line 44 O'Shaughnessy to Tea Garden Drive
  • Bus: Line 5 Fulton to 8th Avenue and Fulton Street
Aug 14, 2019
There was a big line to get the tickets. And the was slightly higher at the counter as well. Booked in a jiffy and went through.
Aug 2, 2019
Great experience
Fun place to visit
Lots to see
Jul 31, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
The place is great other than the food options. The website (on either iPhone or iPad) to book tickets was a mess
Jul 22, 2019
Amazing experience! Lots to see and do in a very nicely laid out plan. The rainforest, living roof, and aquarium are well worth the visit.
Jul 21, 2019

Jul 21, 2019
Very fast and less expensive than tickets at the register
Jul 9, 2019
This was cheaper than waiting in line at the ticket office OR at the kiosks. Highly recommended!
Jun 26, 2019
it was big and there was a lot to see I went without my children but for sure next time I will be taking them because they will love it
Jun 17, 2019
We brought our grandchildren to the Academy. They were enthusiastically involved the whole day. Re: Tiqets, I mistyped the date of our visit when i ordered. I called the service line and my mistake was corrected in 5 minutes.

Common questions

What do these tickets include?
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