Belong to something bigger. An Academy membership unlocks unlimited science adventures, from free admission to far-out events. Deepen your connection to the natural world while supporting our mission to protect it.

Home to nearly 60,000 live animals, a star-studded 75-foot planetarium, and a lush rainforest inside a 4-story glass sphere, the California Academy of Sciences is a microcosm of our marvelous world—and no two visits are ever the same. Become a member to add science, wonder, and inspiration to your daily life, every day of the year.

Mother and daughter viewing African penguins in African Hall

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Academy members enjoy free Daytime Admission 365 days a year—which means extra quality time with Claude and our African penguins. Plus, membership can pay for itself in as few as two visits.

Excited young member meeting Dr. Scott Sampson at Member Preview event

Science up close

Reward your curiosity with exclusive programs all year long, from mind-expanding member talks and exciting animal feedings to sneak peeks at all-new exhibits. Experience science serenity twice a week at Tuesday Member Hour (8:30-9:30 am) and Jerry Hume Sunday Member Hour (10-11 am).

Academy diver waving to young member in aquarium coral reef

Perks in store

Free admission is just the beginning. Academy members receive 10% off at our stores and restaurants and on sleepovers and birthday parties, and 20% off VIP Tours, lectures, and NightLife. Save time at the door, too, with a dedicated member entrance.

Claude swimming

Pay your way

Science is for everyone. We offer a variety of ways to make membership more accessible, including monthly payment plans as low as $6 and $49 memberships for EBT/CalFresh, WIC, Lifeline Pass, and Medi-Cal cardholders.

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    California: State of Nature

    The Making of California: State of  Nature

    Hear behind-the-scenes stories from members of the Academy’s Exhibits Studio about the making of our newest exhibition California: State of Nature!

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    The Galápagos Islands

    Member Talk: The Galápagos Islands

    Join Dr. Jack Dumbacher, Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy, to hear about these amazing islands, the Academy’s vast collections and collaborations, and how today’s science is contributing to conservation and regeneration of this island archipelago.