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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket: Skip the Line

San Francisco, United States
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Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this skip-the-line pass. Walk right in with this pre-paid ticket to enjoy the museum's 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families.
  • California Academy of Science admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
  • Instant-access ticket means no waiting in line at a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher
  • Perfect for families—there's something for everyone to enjoy
  • Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
  • Step inside the 4-story rain forest and look for frogs, chameleons, and free flying birds and butterflies
  • Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall
Start by making your way to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and then breeze right past the long ticket lines and enjoy a wait-free entrance. Make the most of your vacation time and get started exploring the shows and exhibits right away.

Discover the African Penguin colony; get right up close to the glass and say hello as they swoop and dive through the water. Catch a penguin feeding by the museum's marine biologists, during which they will answer any of your questions about the penguins’ biology or behavior. Visit Claude, the albino alligator and some of his swamp friends while listening to a Swamp Talk by the museum's staff.

Enter the Morrison Planetarium, an all-digital planetarium, for a show that lets you explore the farthest reaches of the universe. Then descend into the Steinhart Aquarium and see live 40,000 animals from the world over, including octopus, seahorses, and jellyfish. Watch divers as they clean the tank and tend to the fish in the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit.

Peel off your jacket and enter the 4-story rain forest. Watch for free-flying birds and butterflies and listen as the scarlet macaws argue over their toys. Check out the spiders, amphibians, and reptiles in the many glassed-in exhibits that dot the rain forest trail.
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California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a must-see San Francisco museum. Based in beautiful Golden Gate Park, it’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home.
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Steinhart Aquarium
Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums on Earth. Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 900 unique species, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater and terrestrial habitats. From species displayed nowhere else in the world to exhibits about cutting-edge research in little-known ocean ecosystems, a visit to Steinhart Aquarium is full of discovery.
Admission Ticket Free
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Morrison Planetarium
Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison's 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience. Planetarium showpasses are included in the price of admission and can be reserved at the planetarium pass pick-up desk across from the planetarium entrance.
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Osher Rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences
A magnificent neotropical rainforest stretches 90 feet above. Delight in the exploits of 1,600+ live plants and animals, including taxicab-like sun beetles, leafcutter ants hard at work, and a slithering Amazonian tree boa.
Duration: 30 minutes
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  • "We went early in the morning on a quiet day, no real queues and plenty of space to look and enjoy the wide variety of exhibitions." See review


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Great for kids
, Jan 2020
Amazing visit. Great aquarium. The jellyfish!!! Also loved the rainforest and butterflies, wonderful!
Skip the line and save time!
, Aug 2019
I was hesitant to buy these tickets after reading other reviews about how it doesn't truly let you "skip the line." I'm happy to report that these tickets DO allow you to skip the line. I pulled up the voucher on my phone and I was able to scan it directly from my phone for entry at the "Ticketed Entry" door. The line to "Purchase Tickets" was nearby and was decently full for a Wednesday morning - we didn't have to stand in that line, yay! The only thing that could've been better is the ability to purchase student tickets. You can do this through the California Academy of Sciences website, but not on Viator.
Had fun at The Academy
, Aug 2019
Wondeful day at C A of S. My 15 year old lkved it and we are 55 and 59 and we thought it was great. We are all well travelled and I was worried that we have seen it all and we were nicely surprised .
One of the best choices to do in San...
Carlos R
, Dec 2017
One of the best choices to do in San Francisco with kids!
A wonderful museum full of...
, Aug 2017
A wonderful museum full of interesting exhibits. We spent several hours there and were never bored. We particularly liked the eco dome and the planetarium show and the earthquake experience.
We went early in the morning on a...
Sharon H
, Aug 2017
We went early in the morning on a quiet day, no real queues and plenty of space to look and enjoy the wide variety of exhibitions. Favourites included Claude the albino alligator, the aquarium and the shake house in the Earthquake exhibition. I'm giving it four stars though because as it reached midday, it did get much busier and it became a bit trickier to enjoy time when everyone around wanted to see same thing. The restaurant was confusing with multiple queues for different food counters, drinks kept in a different place and another queue for cashiers, some of whom didn't take cash payments. I mention this just for advice on planning when to go and best to bring a packed lunch to enjoy in garden.
Tried to do two tours in one day...
, Jul 2017
Tried to do two tours in one day, Didn't get to tour the whole tour as the tour ended at 5:00 P.M. Will try to take the tour again
Very cool place for families. An the...
Michael K
, Jul 2017
Very cool place for families. An the museum across from the Academy is superb!
There was no such thing as skip the...
Jill M
, Jun 2017
There was no such thing as skip the line. I still had to get in line and obtain a ticket after presenting my Viator printout. Viator should advise that they are not anything to do with California Academy of Science that Viator is simply a third party. My experience with Viator was horrible. I should have purchased admission for myself and my 4 year old grandson directly from California Academy of Sciences. The exhibits were fantastic and Eduardo from California Academy of Science was wonderful, sympathetic and very helpful considering the mess Viator caused me. I was on the phone with Viator for 40 minutes, on hold listening to violin music then I heard a couple of clicks and someone from California Academy of Sciences had me re-explain what had taken place. I am thankful Eduardo got involved since no one from Viator even tried to call me back after they dropped me from hold. A total nightmare just trying to buy two admissions via the internet with the hope of skipping the lines for a one day admission.
In general it was ok, but...
Alex S
, Jun 2017
In general it was ok, but... statement skip the line is NOT true. First when we came we stood in line to get in, but they said they cannot let me in because I need print out of tickets. So we had to wait in another line, wait for tickets to be printed and then go again in other line to show those tickets to eventually get in. So i really didn't see any advantage using Viator. And the worse of all employees of academy of sciensces were saying to viator not to tell skip the line but they still do, so it looks like they lie to people just to get more customers

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