• Location: San Francisco, California
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Avoid wasting your precious time waiting in long lines to purchase tickets at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Pre-purchase your general admission ticket online now, and gain access to all the exhibits and shows offered at this popular attraction, including its 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Plus, your California Academy of Sciences admission ticket is good for the whole day, so you can explore at your own pace.


  • California Academy of Science admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
  • Skip the massive ticket buying lines by prebooking
  • 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
  • Experience the aquarium's California Coast, Philippine Coral Reef, and Water World tanks, containing thousands of fish and exotic marine life
  • Step inside the 4-story rain forest and look for piranhas, frogs, chameleons, and free flying birds and butterflies
  • Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall

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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Welcome to the Academy of Sciences!

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. Make the most of your vacation time and get started exploring the shows and exhibits.

Discover the African Penguin colony; get right up close to the glass and say hello to Ocio, Howard and Pierre 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, the largest all-digital planetarium in the world, for a show that lets you explore the farthest reaches of the universe. Then descend into the Steinhart Aquarium and see the 38,000 live 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, the largest spherical rain forest exhibit in the world. 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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Customer Reviews

Carlos R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

One of the best choices to do in San Francisco with kids!

Boris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Amazing experience for kids and adults


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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

Catalina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing!

James King-Min H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Check in was quick, easy and smooth. Everywhere we went help was available, friendly and thorough.

Rachael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Really amazing -- so many different things to see and do. The shake shack as my daughter calls it was the best because it gave you a real feel for the earthquake pun intended. My husband's favorite was the biosphere and mine was the planetarium!!

Kate C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent museum. Something for everyone. The restaurant has excellent food: best clam chowder we had in San Francisco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Academy of Sciences is awesome and a great place to take kids. Plan to spend a good part of the day here!

Terri D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Have done this tour twice and never tire of it. Very enlightening, educational and just just a fabulous time!

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