- Skip-the-line admission to the California Academy of Sciences, the largest public ‘green’ building in the United States
- Choose between two 1-hour, behind-the-scenes tours
- On the Academy Tour, learn about the museum’s science research and visit a working lab
- On the Aquarium Tour, learn about the museum’s 38,000 animals and visit the food-prep kitchen
- Receive a reserved seat at Morrison Planetarium, the largest digital planetarium in the world
- Receive an express entry to Rainforests of the World
- Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures an intimate experience
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
A cool treat for science and animal lovers of all ages! Learn more about this impressive museum from the scientists and staff that are its lifeblood. See the museum exhibits on your own before or after the tour -- it's pretty awesome skipping the lines at each attraction with your VIP ticket!
Recent Photos of This Tour
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- Claude, the Albino AlligatorPhoto by: Anonymous
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What You Can Expect
With this option, learn about the history of Steinhart Aquarium and how biologists care for the 38,000 animals – including butterflies, fish, penguins and even an albino alligator named Claude – that live in the building. Visit the food-prep kitchen and see the complex water filtration system.
On this insider-access tour, explore the museum from a science and research perspective. With your museum guide, learn about the institution's 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. Visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof, and see breathtaking geology specimens in the vault.
I felt like a kid again! Getting to go behind the scenes was the way to go. You learn so much about what it actually takes to run this place. Hats off to all the employees that keep this place going from day to day! They are the real unsung heroes. My favorite for the day was the planetarium. Second, was the rain forest exhibit. It's definitely a must see if your visiting San Francisco.
This was great value for money. No queuing and a very interesting and informative tour behind the scenes! The only way to do it with a Skip the line, behind the scenes tour ticket! Thank you
Enjoyed the day!! Was delayed from getting the appropriate tickets which required us waiting for approx. 15 minutes because our name was not on their list! Once that was cleared up they requested we wait to speak with a Manager. Were told this happens with Viator your system not communicating with theirs in a timely manner After another 15 minutes, when he arrived, he had no clue as to why they asked us to wait for him! A real time waste not only once but twice. He ended up being our tour guide and did an excellent job! The rest of the day was awesome!!
Very interesting and my son enjoyed it immensely.
James W USA
The behind the scenes tour of the aquarium was interesting, informative, and delightful. The tour guide was full of information and the details included in the tour added to the overall experience. What really made the difference was the skip the line feature! We were whisked into the main attractions immediately by the skip the line feature easily savings us hours of waiting for an attraction. We visited on a very busy day, but even on slow days, this feature was worth every penny! BRAVO!!
A hidden gem. A great museum and experience
The tour itself was fabulous, however somehow I was not signed up for the tour and had to rebook in person when I got there. The staff at the Academy were able to overcome this problem.
Would recommend this touw to all who go to the museums in the San Francisco area. They tell you so much information behind the scenes and you are up close and personal with the workings of the museum.
Outstanding adventure.. now addicted to segway tours. tour guide was the best