Belong to something bigger. An Academy membership unlocks unlimited science adventures, from free admission to far-out events. Deepen your connection to the natural world while supporting our mission to protect it.

Home to nearly 60,000 live animals, a star-studded 75-foot planetarium, and a lush rainforest inside a 4-story glass sphere, the California Academy of Sciences is a microcosm of our marvelous world—and no two visits are ever the same. Become a member to add science, wonder, and inspiration to your daily life, every day of the year.

March is Members' Month! Explore a superbloom of exclusive programs, from animal feedings and exclusive members-only talks to deep discounts on dining, tours, and more.

    Mother and daughter viewing African penguins in African Hall

    See more, save more

    Academy members enjoy free Daytime Admission 365 days a year—which means extra quality time with Claude and our African penguins. Plus, membership can pay for itself in as few as two visits.

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    Excited young member meeting Dr. Scott Sampson at Member Preview event

    Science up close

    Reward your curiosity with exclusive programs all year long, from mind-expanding member talks and exciting animal feedings to sneak peeks at all-new exhibits. Experience science serenity twice a week at Tuesday Member Hour (8:30-9:30 am) and Jerry Hume Sunday Member Hour (10-11 am).

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    Academy diver waving to young member in aquarium coral reef

    Perks in store

    Free admission is just the beginning. Academy members receive 10% off at our stores and restaurants and on sleepovers and birthday parties, and 20% off VIP Tours, lectures, and NightLife. Save time at the door, too, with a dedicated member entrance.

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    Claude swimming

    Pay your way

    Science is for everyone. We offer a variety of ways to make membership more accessible, including monthly payment plans as low as $6 and $29 memberships for EBT/CalFresh, WIC, Lifeline Pass, and Medi-Cal cardholders.

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      Chen Institute Brain & Mind Lectures

      Our Minds on VR

      Join Jeremy Bailenson during the most recent Chen Institute Brain & Mind Lecture to explore the strengths and pitfalls of virtual reality (VR) in a range of domains and help illuminate the cognitive activities engaged in a VR experience.

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      Castilleja painting flower species

      Member Talk: "Painting" Flower Species in Castilleja

      Join Academy Assistant Curator of Botany, Dr. Sarah Jacobs, during this recorded Member Talk from October Members' Month to explore the diversity and evolution of the Castilleja paintbrushes and ask the "simple" question, "What is a species?"‌.‌