• Lush rolling hills with open skylights on the Academy's Living Roof
    Adventure off the beaten track atop our lush Living Roof.
  • View of the 4-story glass dome of Academy's Osher Rainforest
    Enjoy priority access into the four-story indoor rainforest.
  • Tour guests atop the Living Roof
    See science in action and learn why whale bones are on the Living Roof.
  • Guests in sleeping bags in front of Philippine Coral Reef exhibit during Academy sleepover
    Explore the exhibits after hours at a Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover.

Please note: Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled visit is now required for all Academy guests ages 12+. View our vaccination policy and health and safety details here.


VIP Tour

Colorful wildflowers on the Academy's Living Roof

Explore the secrets of one of the world's greenest museums on this 1-hour tour. Examine rare specimens in our collections, be dazzled in our private gem vault, head off the beaten track atop our living roof, and enjoy 10% off at Academy stores and restaurants. (Please note: Tour includes stairs and unpaved paths.)

  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator
  • Reserved space in the planetarium
  • Includes 10% off shopping and dining
  • $24.95 per guest ($19.95 members)
  • Guests must be age 8 or older to participate

Tour guests must also purchase a Daytime Admission ticket to join a tour. Visit our Buy Tickets page to purchase a Daytime Admission ticket, then add VIP Tour tickets to your order after Step 3.


Birthday Parties

Illustration of Claude the albino alligator in headphones

Celebrate Academy-style with one of four customizable parties for children ages 1-12—including our new virtual birthday party package!

  • Decorated party room or Zoom room
  • Sweet treats and party favors
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Guided activities
  • Party host

NightLife VIP Experience

A close up of the Academy's Gem and Mineral Vault

Cocktails, collections, and VIP access. Cultivate your curiosity with a NightLife VIP Experience.

  • 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour of scientific collection rooms and the Gem and Mineral Vault
  • 2 complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
  • Reserved planetarium seating
  • Private Rooftop VIP Lounge
  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator
  • 10% discount at the Café and retail stores
  • Ticket prices vary by date—plan ahead and save!
  • For guests 21+ with ID

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers

A family gets cozy for the night in front of a gigantic aquarium exhibit.

Sleepovers are on hold until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back later this year!

Slumber like a sea cucumber during a family-friendly overnight stay—and find out what 40,000 live animals get into after-hours.


  • Overnight stay in one of our iconic exhibits
  • Special programs and late-night planetarium shows
  • Evening snack and hot breakfast
  • Overnight parking and next-day museum admission
  • For ages 5 and up; adult chaperones required

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