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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:  11:00 - 17:00
Monday:  09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 17:00
Friday:  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!

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

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

California Academy of Sciences
55,Music Concourse Drive, 94118, San Francisco
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Wheelchair accessible
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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
Mar 21, 2019
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
The ticket counter told me that my credit card is not working, but I was able to buy the tickets online. Thank you...
Mar 14, 2019
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Purchasing the tickets was quick, easy and they were delivered immediately to my email. Pulling them up on my phone was not an issue. The museum was great, with so many different things to look out and experience. I enjoyed the garden on the roof and the earthquake simulator. The gift shop has really neat sensory toys that I purchased. The parking can get a little overwhelming if you are leaving a closing time a there is only one entrance to exit regardless of the level you are parked on. Don't be fooled by the lower level's sign stating you can also exit through there. You can, but are routed back up to the main exit with all the other levels of cars trying to leave. The outside area with fountain and trees makes for a fun place to hang out, eat something and take pics.
Mar 12, 2019
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Kept our grandkids engaged the entire time
Feb 6, 2019
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Jan 6, 2019
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
It’s amazing!
Nov 30, 2018
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Very convenient and flexible
Nov 22, 2018
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Super easy! Arrived a little early and there was no line, but, nice to know we already had tickets ready to be scanned from our smartphone. Simple and quick!
Oct 16, 2018
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Great place
Sep 24, 2018
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
Very clean, healthy creatures. Each installation is very well presented.
Sep 8, 2018
California Academy of Sciences: Skip The Line
The earthquake simulator was great, as well as the food.

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