55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Please note: On April 18, the Academy closes at 3 pm and admission is free until 2 pm.



Just one ticket lets you explore the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, 40,000 live animals and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof.

A Plethora of Lifeforms

The Academy is home to nearly 40,000 animals, more than six times the number at the old Academy.

Leafy sea dragons, anaconda, giant octopus, Amazonian piranhas, Borneo fruit bats, leaf-tailed geckos, tanagers, butterflies, and more!

Take a sneak peek at the colony with our PenguinCams

Adopt an animal

Advanced Technologies

Academy visitors can view the most accurate rendering of the Universe ever created, catch virtual butterflies with a digital net, see scientist webcasts from the field, and learn about the wonders of the natural world through the digital.

Old Favorites

The new Academy may be a museum for the 21st century but it still draws heavily from its 155-year legacy, its 20 million specimens, and its most popular exhibits from years past.

Returning favorites include updated versions of the Tusher African Hall, Foucault’s Pendulum, the Swamp exhibit, the T-Rex skeleton, and the 87-foot Blue Whale. A handful of architectural elements from the old structure have also been retained, including a significant portion of the building's facade.

Academy Insider


Download the Academy Insider, a free iPhone app provides information on exhibits throughout the museum, self-guided tours, a live daily programs feed, museum floor plans, step-by-step directions, and other useful tools. Users can learn more about Academy exhibits through fun facts, quizzes, video and audio clips, and other interactive activities.

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Major Venues


Take a closer look at:

Steinhart Aquarium
Morrison Planetarium
Kimball Natural History Museum
4-story Rainforest
Naturalist Center
Hearst Forum

Thank you for following all posted warnings against photography at selected exhibits. These rules are important to maintain the health of our animals.

Daily Programs


Don’t miss our Daily Programs, including Planetarium shows, animal feedings, coral reef dives, and more.

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