Viator Exclusive: California Academy of Sciences Early-Access Admission

Price from: 35 $
Duration: 1 hour
Stroll into San Francisco’s amazing California Academy of Sciences with this early-access admission ticket. For one low price — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else — skip the lines and enjoy entry one hour earlier than the general public, a privilege normally reserved for annual members of the Academy. Then wander about the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and 4-story rainforest, all under one roof. With so much to explore, you’ll appreciate the crowd-free hour of checking out all there is to see at your own pace.

Filled with hundreds of fascinating exhibits and thousands of animals from around the world, the California Academy of Sciences features something for everyone. With your VIP early-access admission ticket, you'll feel like a privileged insider as you enter the Academy one hour before the general public. Your ticket includes access to all the shows and exhibits. For one low price, explore the Academy early before the crowds pour in, an advantage that only members who pay a hefty annual fee get to enjoy.

Relive two of the city's most intense quakes at the popular Earthquake Exhibit. Immerse yourself in the updated Shake House and experience the tremors firsthand in the dining room of a classic Victorian-era home.

Prepare to be amazed as you discover facts about the planet and its diverse biology and ecology. Start your journey with a liftoff from planet Earth and a jaw-dropping ride to the corners of the universe at the Morrison Planetarium, the world’s largest all-digital planetarium. 

Then, explore the colorful underwater world at the Steinhart Aquarium, home to 38,000 live animals from around the world. A diver will descend into the tank and introduce you to the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit, featuring more than 900 species.

Stop by the African Penguin colony to greet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the friendly, playful penguins. Marine biologists will answer your questions while feeding and caring for them. 

Don’t miss the famed albino alligator! Join in on the Swamp Talk to learn about what it takes to care for these creatures, natives to swamps in the southeastern United States.

Enter the 4-story rainforest, contained within a spectacular 90-foot (27-meter) diameter glass dome. It's the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world and is home to 1,600 live animals, including free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles and bats.

Don't leave without a visit to the Kimball Natural History Museum, whose exhibits focus on the evolution and maintenance of life on Earth, drawing on the Academy's 150 years of research.

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The California Academy of Sciences - Interesting, but expensive
Sancho_Hobo_Horse , Preston, UK, 2015-03-29
We had a few hours in the academy, and enjoyed the rainforest, the fish, the penguins and the planetarium. Disappointed the planetarium show wasn't actually about space, however it was good and the... read full review
The California Academy of Sciences - An amazing place suitable for children and adults a like
Mograbi , Tarshiha, 2015-03-29
I went with a friend (as I was on a business trip). The experience was amazing. I think that for the perfect experience you should spend the entire day with the family. Lunch is served at noon. Don't... read full review
The California Academy of Sciences - Russ
Russ A , Los Angeles, California, 2015-03-28
Great place to visit, very intersting, lots of things to also visit close by. Our kids loved it however the exploratorium is better! read full review
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