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The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

See how the world's greenest museum works as you spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution’s 160-year history and what it takes to house nearly 46 million specimens.

Visit the research collections, not on view to the public, and develop an appreciation for our vast library of life, which includes amazing specimens from our ichthyology (fish), entomology (insects), and ornithology (birds) departments. From stepping out onto our living roof to examining breathtaking geology specimens in our private vault, the Academy tour is sure to show you more of the museum than you ever knew existed.

What's Included:

  • One-hour guided tour

  • Behind-the-scenes access

  • Express entry into the building

  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Earthquake Simulator

  • Reserved space in the Planetarium

  • 10% retail and dining discount

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

During holiday periods and summer months, peak pricing may apply to general admission tickets. 

Please note: Guests must be age 8 or older to participate, and guests between the ages of 8 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Each tour is limited to 14 guests.

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Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour

LOCATION
55 Music Concourse Drive, SF, CA 94118
PRICE
$
24.95
$24.95/person (plus general admission) $19.95/Academy member
SCHEDULE

Weekdays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm
Weekends: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm

DURATION
1 hour

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