Guided tour

San Francisco: VIP Tour of California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco: VIP Tour of California Academy of Sciences

From US$ 64.90 per person

Celebrate science and seasonal blooms with an exclusive, physically distanced stroll on the Living Roof and in the Academy's gardens.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 45 minutes
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Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
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  • Learn the rich history of the California Academy of Sciences
  • Explore the abundance of biodiversity in Golden Gate Park
  • Experience the world's largest all-digital planetarium as you journey into space
  • See thousands of exotic and colorful fish in the aquarium
  • Visit the African Penguin exhibit during feeding time
  • See Claude the albino alligator, with his white skin
  • Journey through the 4-story rainforest dome and learn about the animals and plants found there
  • Discover the secrets on the Living Roof
Full description
Visit the California Academy of Sciences, the world's only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum, on this special VIP tour. Head off the beaten track to explore the abundance of biodiversity in Golden Gate Park and atop the Academy’s lush Living Roof. On this 45-minute tour, encounter native plants in bloom, unearth the secrets of the Living Roof, and discover impressive feats of sustainable engineering. In addition to admission and full access to the Academy, take advantage of your VIP express entrance into the Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator so you can spend more time exploring all the exhibits and shows.
  • 45-minute guided VIP tour
  • Exhibits and shows
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the Living Roof and surrounding Golden Gate Park
  • VIP entry into the Osher Rainforest and the earthquake simulator
  • 10% discount at Academy stores and restaurants
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Dr. inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Guests ages 12 and above will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours to enter the museum, effective August 27, 2021. Acceptable forms of proof include paper vaccination cards, photos of valid vaccination cards, or digital vaccination cards. Visitors ages 18 years and over will also be required to provide a photo ID in order to verify that the proof of vaccination or negative test result is their own. Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must include name, date, and type of test, and indication that the result was negative for COVID-19
  • Your entrance ticket to the Academy includes all exhibits and shows (please note some shows are capacity controlled and subject to availability)
  • Face masks for those ages 2 and up and physical distancing are required
  • This tour includes several stairs and a natural, uneven walking surface
  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
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Informative & Fun!!

We really enjoyed the variety of information presented regarding the Academy. Visiting the “natural rooftop”, “The Jar Room” and “The precious stones room” were my favorites. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly!! And with this type of tour we received VIP front of the line for checking in and attending the planetarium, the rain forest along with food and gift purchase discounts. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to see the CA Academy of Sciences!

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January 8, 2019

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