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Enjoy early-access admission to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco with this Viator Exclusive. Step inside one hour earlier than the general public for a more intimate experience. Explore natural history museum, 4-story rainforest, planetarium and aquarium at your own relaxed pace before the crowds arrive. Your ticket also includes entrance to all shows and exhibits.


  • 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

Arrive at the California Academy of Sciences early in the morning and step inside an hour prior to general admission. This Viator Exclusive offers you VIP access only provided to members of the Academy, and includes entry to all exhibits and shows at one low price.

Explore the 4-story rainforest, the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world and home to 1,600 live animals, including exotic reptiles, bats, butterflies and birds. Stop by the Morrison Planetarium to learn riveting facts about the diverse ecology and biology of the earth. Start your journey with a liftoff from earth and continue on a thrilling ride to the corners of the universe.

Then, explore the bright underwater world at the Steinhart Aquarium. See the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit, featuring more than 900 species.

At the Earthquake Exhibit, relive two of the city's most intense quakes. Experience the tremors firsthand in the dining room of a classic Victorian-era home as you step inside the updated Shake House.

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

Lastly, check out 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.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent museum. Very busy location with school trips scheduled. Would be quieter in the evening. The exhibits are a must see.

Richard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing experience. Great value for money. Would go again. Great cafe with healthy choices. Get the early tickets, well worth it.

Frank S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent day out that captured the interest of all participants, from 12 to 60 years.

Rachel J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Kids loved this we spent 3 hours just getting around to see everything well worth it a must see in San francisco

Jeffrey O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

An amazing science museum that is fun for all ages. Definitely worth the visit.

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