Explore the California Academy of Sciences like never before—take a closer, more intimate look at our scientific collections, incredible green building, cutting-edge scientific research, and more!
Enjoy exclusive access and see what's beyond the museum with a Behind-the-Scenes tour. Academy Tour
Spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution’s 160-year history and what it takes to house nearly 46 million specimens. Visit the research collections, not on view to the public, and develop an appreciation for our vast library of life, which includes amazing specimens from our ichthyology (fish), entomology (insects), and ornithology (birds) departments. From stepping out onto our living roof (weather permitting) to examining breathtaking geology specimens in our private vault, the Academy tour is sure to show you more of the museum than you ever knew existed.
One-hour guided tour
Express entry into the building
VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest
Reserved space in the Planetarium
10% discount in Academy dining and shopping venues