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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
Stroll into San Francisco’s amazing California Academy of Sciences with this early-access admission ticket. For one low price — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else — skip the lines and enjoy entry one hour earlier than the general public, a privilege normally reserved for annual members of the Academy. Then wander about the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and 4-story rainforest, all under one roof. With so much to explore, you’ll appreciate the crowd-free hour of checking out all there is to see at your own pace.

Highlights

  • Early-access admission ticket to California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco — a Viator Exclusive
  • Walk into the Academy an hour before it opens to the general public
  • Enter the world's largest all-digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
  • Admire thousands of colorful fish and exotic marine life in the aquarium
  • Step inside the 4-story rainforest for an up-close look at frogs, chameleons, birds and butterflies
  • Visit the natural history museum and make friends with a colony of South African penguins
  • This one-time early-access entry cannot be booked anywhere else!

What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: California Academy of Sciences Early-Access Admission

Enjoy exhibits at the Kimball Natural History Museum

Filled with hundreds of fascinating exhibits and thousands of animals from around the world, the California Academy of Sciences features something for everyone. With your VIP early-access admission ticket, you'll feel like a privileged insider as you enter the Academy one hour before the general public. Your ticket includes access to all the shows and exhibits. For one low price, explore the Academy early before the crowds pour in, an advantage that only members who pay a hefty annual fee get to enjoy.

Relive two of the city's most intense quakes at the popular Earthquake Exhibit. Immerse yourself in the updated Shake House and experience the tremors firsthand in the dining room of a classic Victorian-era home.



Prepare to be amazed as you discover facts about the planet and its diverse biology and ecology. Start your journey with a liftoff from planet Earth and a jaw-dropping ride to the corners of the universe at the Morrison Planetarium, the world’s largest all-digital planetarium. 



Then, explore the colorful underwater world 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 species.



Stop by the African Penguin colony to greet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the friendly, playful penguins. Marine biologists will answer your questions while feeding and caring for them. 



Don’t miss the famed albino alligator! Join in on the Swamp Talk to learn about what it takes to care for these creatures, natives to swamps in the southeastern United States.



Enter the 4-story rainforest, contained within a spectacular 90-foot (27-meter) 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, whose exhibits focus on the evolution and maintenance of life on Earth, drawing on the Academy's 150 years of research.

Itinerary

Daily Programs:

Planetarium Shows
Mon - Sun: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Coral Reef Dives
Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm

Penguin Feedings
Daily at 3pm

Swamp Talk

Daily at 3:30pm

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