- One general admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
- Skip the massive ticket buying line
- Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
- Experience the aquarium with its California Coast, Philippine Coral Reef and Water - World tanks, containing 500,00 gallons of water and thousands of colorful fish and exotic marine life
- Step inside the genuine four-story rainforest and look for piranhas, croaking frogs, chameleons and free flying birds and butterflies
- Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall
- Interactive, family friendly exhibits and programs
- Check out the featured special exhibit Built for Speed now through September 29th
Recent Photos of this Tour
Seahorses, California Academy ...Photo by: Anonymous11 2009
Cluttered Sea FloorPhoto by: Anonymous11 2009
Aquarium tunnelPhoto by: Anonymous11 2009
Kelp ForestPhoto by: Anonymous11 2009
Hidden Snake!Photo by: Anonymous11 2009
Holding a butterfly!Photo by: Anonymous11 2009
SF Academy of SciencePhoto by: Global NomadUSA, 02 2009
SF Academy of Science - KidsPhoto by: Global NomadUSA, 02 2009
An Albino AlligatorPhoto by: Reuben L01 2013
Frogs, frogs, everywherePhoto by: Reuben L01 2013
Do you like spiders?Photo by: Reuben L01 2013
Talk under waterPhoto by: Reuben L01 2013
Walking under waterPhoto by: Reuben L01 2013
The entrance complete with ...Photo by: Reuben L01 2013
snakePhoto by: Cristi N07 2011
4-story rainforestPhoto by: Cristi N07 2011
mcawPhoto by: Cristi N07 2011
butterflyPhoto by: Cristi N07 2011
Albino AligatorPhoto by: Cristi N07 2011
Albino CrocPhoto by: Chris W07 2011
Start your journey with a lift off from planet Earth and take a jaw-dropping ride to the far reaches of the universe at the Morrison Planetarium, the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. Then explore the colorful world of the ocean at the Steinhart Aquarium, home to 38,000 live animals from around the world. A diver will descend into the tank and introduce you to the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit, featuring more than 900 separate species!
Don't forget to stop by and greet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Marine biologists will answer your questions while feeding and caring for them. After meeting the albino alligator and his swamp companions, you may find yourself fascinated with the swamp world. Join in on the Swamp Talk and you'll learn about what it takes to care for these amazing creatures, natives to swamps in the southeastern United States.
Enter the 4-story living rainforest contained within a spectacular 90-foot diameter glass dome. It's the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world and is home to 1,600 live animals, including free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles and bats. Don't leave without a visit to the Kimball Natural History Museum that focuses on the evolution and maintenance of life on Earth, drawing on the Academy's 150 years of research!
Featured Special Exhibit
Built for Speed (through September 29, 2013)
From speedy ocean animals to the world’s fastest sailboats, find out what it takes to be swift in the sea. Explore the fascinating adaptations of the ocean's fastest creatures—from the streamlined shark to the spineless squid. Get a close-up look at the assembling of a rare offshore orca skeleton, one the fastest marine mammals. See how the AC45 and AC72 wing-sail racing catamarans demonstrate creative design and boundary-breaking technology. Learn about conservation efforts and how you can help keep the seas thriving. Be sure to check out the ORACLE Team USA's AC45 catamaran suspended from the ceiling.
- Planetarium Shows
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
- Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:30am - 4:30am
- Coral Reef Dives
- Dive times: Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
- Penguin Feedings
- Feeding times: Daily at 10:30am and 3:30pm
- Penguin Show-n-Tell: Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm and 1:30pm
- Swamp Talk
- Starts: Daily at 1pm
Reviewed by Donald M, May 2013
We spent 5 hours in this amazing place. The aquarium was outstanding. We watched the diver within one of the large fish tanks and listened to his audio interaction with a guide from within the tank. Excellent to watch. The earthquake display is very good and the presentation given in the large dome was exceptional. Remember to try and sit at the back seats for a greater effect. Well worth the trek to get there as not central to other places in SFO.
Reviewed by Wendy F, May 2013
Was great to have things taken care of and be able to walk right in.