The Academy is open 365 days a year!

Please note that all guests, including members, must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. For more know-before-you-go details, please visit our Health & Safety page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Museum hours

Public hours
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-5 pm
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm
Thursday NightLife (21+ with ID): 6-10 pm
Last daytime entry at 4 pm

Members-only hours
Tuesday: 8:30-9:30 am
Sunday: 10-11 am

Holiday and special event hours
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25): 10 am–3 pm
Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25): 11 am–5 pm
November 26–27 and December 26–30: Open until 6 pm

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Rainforest and planetarium hours

Osher Rainforest hours
Monday-Saturday: 10 am-4:45 pm
Sunday: 11 am-4:45 pm
Thursday NightLife (21+ with ID): 6-7:45 pm
Due to the sleep schedules of its animal residents, Osher Rainforest opens a little later and closes a little earlier than the rest of the museum.

Morrison Planetarium showtimes (reservations required)
Multiple showtimes daily; view Daily Calendar for schedule
Please note that capacity is limited and reservations are required to attend a planetarium show. Scan the QR code in the lobby to reserve a showtime. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.

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Admission and ticketing

Daytime Admission tickets include access to everything at the Academy, all for one price. Here are a few important things to note about admission:

  • All guests, including members and donors, must reserve timed-entry tickets in advance of their visit. With the exception of EBT, WIC, Lifeline Pass, and Medi-Cal cardholders, walkup sales will not be available to minimize face-to-face interaction with staff.
  • Ticket prices vary by date, entry time, and age group. Save up to $5 per ticket and enjoy the greatest selection of entry times when you reserve your tickets at least 1 day in advance.
  • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free.
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Local science-lover?

Guests marvel at the enormous Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

Join today and discover something new every time you visit. From unlimited, free admission to exclusive events, programs, and discounts, Academy membership is your ticket to year-round science adventures.

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Contact us
Have questions about the Academy? We're here to help.  
(415) 379-8000