The Academy exhibits, animals and plants may not be moved or altered in any way. In no event shall animals or plants be brought into the building. All crews, equipment and sets brought on site must be approved in advance and nothing may be permanently attached to walls, structures, windows or exhibits. Any and all materials brought in must be removed at the close of each day by the crew. Users are fully responsible for any and all damages occurring at the Academy as a result of the filming/shoot, and for paying for all repairs deemed necessary by the Academy. If at any time the activities disrupt the animals, visitors or building operations, the Academy reserves the right to require the rescheduling or cancelation of the activities.
Final approved scripts and content boards, including any and all scenes or layouts that include the Academy must be submitted to the Facility Rentals Department at least two weeks prior to the project date. The Academy reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to review and approve all content and scenes and approve or deny the use of its names or images in any context.
The Academy’s name and logo are trademarks and are owned by the California Academy of Sciences. The content of any electronic or printed material referencing and/or including identifiable property, including but not limited to trademarks, of the Academy, including such content in film, audio, Internet, and/or other programs, promotional materials, signs, posters, and/or tickets, may not be utilized in any manner and/or for any purpose without the prior written consent of the Academy in its sole discretion. Any goodwill arising from the approved use of any Academy property shall inure to the benefit of the Academy.
The Academy encourages all users and vendors to use sustainable practices whenever possible. Lighting, electrical and sound equipment must be discussed and approved by the Academy prior to shooting. Many exhibits are excluded from flash photography. No smoking is allowed anywhere in the museum or on park grounds. Catering for internal consumption must be contracted through one of our approved caterers.
The Academy can arrange for parking permits only on Nancy Pelosi Drive. All other parking permits can be obtained from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department by contacting Jim Jackson at (415) 831-5500 in the Film Permits Department. Garage parking can be arranged for a fee by contacting the garage manager at City Park (415) 750-0741. Parking must be arranged in advance and adhered to strictly. Users will only be allowed access to the Academy loading dock and fire roads for load-in and load-out periods.