A young boy and an African penguin make eye contact in Tusher African Hall

Academy membership has plentiful perks—and is always the best value. Learn more about why membership is a smart investment in serious fun.

Academy members get more

The support of our membership community helps the Academy thrive. The benefits below are our way of saying thanks.

Make a transformative impact on the Academy with a gift of $1,000 or more: Become a Friend of the Academy or Platinum Circle donor today.

  • Unlimited Daytime Admission
    Present your personalized membership card and photo ID at our members-only entrance for unlimited* access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and so much more, all year long.
  • Weekly Member Hours
    Every Sunday (10–11 am) and Tuesday (8:30–9:30 am), enjoy the calm before the crowds as the Academy opens exclusively for members. 
  • Invitations to exclusive events and programs
    From special planetarium passes and penguin feedings to exhibit previews, member talks, and programs, membership is so much more than free admission.
  • Subscription to LIVE
    Our colorful seasonal newsletter will help you keep tabs on upcoming exhibits, exclusive member events, and the latest research from Academy scientists.
  • Discounts on shopping, dining, and events​
    20% discount on VIP Tours, Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, lectures, and NightLife
    10% discount on shopping, dining, and birthday parties
  • Flexible payment options
    With a small deposit and monthly payments starting at just $6, our Annual Membership Subscription plan makes purchasing an Academy membership flexible and easy.
  • Tax deductibility
    All memberships under $350 are fully tax-deductible. $480 of Associate-level memberships is tax-deductible.

New! Additional caregiver card

We're excited to unveil a new perk for Family Plus, Associate, and Friends-level members: The opportunity to purchase additional caregiver cards for $50 per named caregiver! This is a great option for families with multiple caregivers. For more details, see the "Caregiver Card" section in the Membership FAQ.


*Please note: Community Value membership includes 220+ days of Academy admission every year. Learn more


Offer details: Join or renew by March 31, 2020, and receive up to 3 complimentary Daytime Admission tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. Offer available for Individual, Individual Plus, Teacher, Community Value, and Senior levels (1 ticket), Family and Family Plus levels (2 tickets), and Associate level (3 tickets). Not valid on Explorer or higher levels. Complimentary tickets are valid for 1 year from date of purchase of new or renewing membership and have no cash value. Pick up tickets at the Service Desk. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.