Museum hours

    As of October 23, the Academy is open daily to the public on our regular schedule! Please note that all guests, including members, must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. 

    Regular hours
    Monday–Saturday: 9:30 am–5 pm
    Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

    Members-only hours
    Tuesday: 8:30–9:30 am
    Sunday: 10–11 am

    Osher Rainforest hours
    Monday–Saturday: 10 am–4:45 pm
    Sunday: 11 am–4:45 pm
    Please note: For your safety, rainforest entry is by reservation only. When you arrive, scan the QR code posted in the lobby to reserve an entry time.

    Special holiday hours
    Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26): 10 am–3 pm
    Stay tuned for more details on holiday hours!


    Admission information

    Daytime Admission tickets include access to everything under the Academy's Living Roof—all for one price.* Here are a few important things to note about admission:

    • Timed-entry tickets are now on sale! Visit our reopening page for details.
    • All guests, including members and donors, must reserve timed-entry tickets in advance of their visit as walkup sales will not be available.** Tickets will be reservable up to 3 weeks in advance.
    • Ticket prices vary by date, entry time, and age group. Save up to $5 per ticket and enjoy the greatest selection of entry times when you reserve your tickets at least one day in advance.
    • Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free!

    *Some exhibits, including Morrison Planetarium, Naturalist Center, Curiosity Grove, and Discovery Tidepool, will remain temporarily closed for your safety. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to reopening these exhibits soon.

    **EBT, WIC, Lifeline Pass, Medi-Cal, and CATS cardholders may purchase their discounted tickets at the ticket window.


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    Contact us
    Have questions about the Academy? We're here to help.  
    (415) 379-8000