• Lush rolling hills with open skylights on the Academy's Living Roof
    Adventure off the beaten track atop our lush Living Roof.
  • View of the 4-story glass dome of Academy's Osher Rainforest
    Enjoy priority access into the four-story indoor rainforest.
  • Tour guests atop the Living Roof
    See science in action and learn why whale bones are on the Living Roof.
  • Guests in sleeping bags in front of Philippine Coral Reef exhibit during Academy sleepover
    Explore the exhibits after hours at a Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover.

Please note: The Academy is temporarily closed to the public, effective Sunday, November 29, 2020.

We regret the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back when it's safe to do so.


VIP Tour

Colorful wildflowers on the Academy's Living Roof

Explore the secrets of the world’s greenest museum on a guided VIP tour. Celebrate science and seasonal blooms with an exclusive stroll to see the abundance of nature surrounding the museum in Golden Gate Park and on the Living Roof.

  • 45 minute guided tour
  • Tours depart daily at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 3:30 pm
  • For ages 3 and up
  • VIP express entrance to Osher Rainforest and earthquake simulator
  • Includes 10% off shopping and dining
  • $24.95 per guest ($19.95 members)

Birthday Parties

Illustration of Claude the albino alligator in headphones

Celebrate Academy-style with one of four customizable parties for children ages 1-12—including our new virtual birthday party package!

  • Decorated party room or Zoom room
  • Sweet treats and party favors
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Guided activities
  • Party host

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers

A family gets cozy for the night in front of a gigantic aquarium exhibit.

Sleepovers are on hold until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021!

Slumber like a sea cucumber during a family-friendly overnight stay—and find out what 40,000 live animals get into after-hours.


  • Overnight stay in one of our iconic exhibits
  • Special programs and late-night planetarium shows
  • Evening snack and hot breakfast
  • Overnight parking and next-day museum admission
  • For ages 5 and up; adult chaperones required
  • $119 (discounts available for members and groups of 10 or more)

Bringing a Large Group?

Please complete this form if you're bringing a group and we'll follow up with you.