Academy Group Tickets
General Admission
The Academy is open every day of the year. See our Hours & Admission page for holiday hours.

Regular Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Last entry at 4 pm.

To get started, select a date from the calendar and then choose the type and quantity of tickets below.

If you have a youth or child group, please note that we require at least one adult chaperone per eight children. Chaperones must accompany children at all times during your visit.

Refund Policy: Any reservation changes must be made at least five days before your visit date in order to qualify for a partial or complete refund.

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Group Adult (Ages 18 – 64), Retail Price $35.95
 
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$30.56
Group Child (Ages 4 – 11), Retail Price $25.95
 
Requires Date/Time
$22.06
Group Youth (Ages 12 – 17), Retail Price $30.95
 
Requires Date/Time
$26.31
Group Student (Ages 18+ ID Required), Retail Price $30.95
 
Requires Date/Time
$26.31
Group Senior (Ages 65+ ID Required), Retail Price $30.95
 
Requires Date/Time
$26.31
Planetarium
Planetarium show entry is included with general admission price, however seating is limited and a spot is not guaranteed. Groups of 10 or more may pre-reserve planetarium show tickets for an additional fee of $5.00 per person based on availability. Once a planetarium show has been pre-reserved and paid, changes cannot be made to the date and time of the show. Note that children 3 and under are not permitted in the planetarium show.
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Planetarium Group
 
Requires Date/Time
$5.00
Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Academy
All tour packages include general admission tickets.
We can accommodate groups larger than 14 based on availability. Please email specialtytours@calacademy.org or call (415) 379-5854 for more information.

Explore the Academy from an insider's perspective and spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution's 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. Visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof, and see breathtaking geology specimens in the vault. Available for guests 8 years or older only, and there is a maximum of 14 guests per tour. Includes VIP Rainforest and Earthquake access, reserved Planetarium seating and more.
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Adult Academy Tour Package
(Ages 18 – 64), Retail Price $60.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Adult Group General Admission
$60.90
Senior Academy Tour Package
(Ages 65+ ID Required), Retail Price $55.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Senior Group General Admission
$55.90
Youth Academy Tour Package
(Ages 12 – 17), Retail Price $55.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Youth Group General Admission
$55.90
Student Academy Tour Package
(Ages 18+ ID Required), Retail Price $55.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Student Group General Admission
$55.90
Child Academy Tour Package
(Ages 8 – 11), Retail Price $50.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Child Group General Admission
$50.90
Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Aquarium
All tour packages include general admission tickets.
We can accommodate groups larger than 14 based on availability. Please email specialtytours@calacademy.org or call (415) 379-5854 for more information.

Go behind the scenes to learn about the history of Steinhart Aquarium and how biologists care for the 38,000 animals—butterflies, fish, penguins, even an albino alligator—that live in the building. Visit the food prep kitchen, see the complex water filtration system, and much more on an hour-long exclusive aquarium tour. Available for guests 8 years or older only, and there is a maximum of 14 guests per tour. Includes VIP Rainforest and Earthquake access, reserved Planetarium seating and more.
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Ticket Type
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Quantity
Adult Aquarium Tour Package
(Ages 18 – 64), Retail Price $60.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Adult Group General Admission
$60.90
Senior Aquarium Tour Package
(Ages 65+ ID Required), Retail Price $55.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Senior Group General Admission
$55.90
Youth Aquarium Tour Package
(Ages 12 – 17), Retail Price $55.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Youth Group General Admission
$55.90
Student Aquarium Tour Package
(Ages 18+ ID Required), Retail Price $55.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Student Group General Admission
$55.90
Child Aquarium Tour Package
(Ages 8 – 11), Retail Price $50.90
(1) Tour Group Admission
(1) Child Group General Admission
$50.90
NightLife General Admission
NightLife events take place from 6-10 pm on Thursday nights and feature music, cutting-edge science, and cocktails. For adults 21+ only. Last entry at 9 pm. See the NightLife page for program details and weekly themes. NightLife retail ticket prices are $15 - $20.
Please note: select events are subject to premier pricing. To pre-purchase NightLife Drink Tickets, please contact thomas@bestbeverage.com at Best Beverage Catering.


  • Clients must request drink tickets ten (10) business days in advance.
  • Minimum drink ticket request is 50.

Drink tickets are $8.00 each, non-refundable and are good for house level spirits, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Group NightLife Adult
(Ages 21+ ID Required), Retail Price $15.00 - $20.00
 
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NightLife VIP Tour
Want an entirely different NightLife experience? Join us on our NightLife VIP Tour. Tickets include express entry to NightLife, a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour with a private viewing of the Academy's renowned gem and mineral collection, an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour, VIP Rainforest access, reserved Planetarium seating and more.


Tour duration:

6-7:30 pm; NightLife event ends at 10 pm

6:45-8:15 pm; NightLife event ends at 10 pm

NightLife VIP Tour retail ticket prices are $59 - $64. Please note: select events are subject to premier pricing. Guests must be 21 years of age or older; ID is required for entry. Nightlife VIP Tours have a capacity of 60 guests for the 6-7:30 pm time slot and 30 guests for the 6:45-8:15 pm time slot. The 6:45 time slot may not always be available at each NightLife event. Learn more on the NightLife page.

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Group NL VIP Adult
(Ages 21+ ID Required), Retail Price $59.00 - $64.00
 
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