Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: Varies (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5072BTS
Skip the line and go behind-the-scenes at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences – the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and 4-story rainforest all under one (living) roof! On this small-group insider tour, enjoy an intimate look at either the academy’s research focus or animal life. Choose the Academy Tour to explore a lab, see the collection of rare gems and learn about the museum's history and scientists. Choose the Aquarium Tour to see and learn how the animals are cared for that live in the building. Both options include a reserved ticket to Morrison Planetarium and express entry to Rainforests of the World.

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Ideal choice for families
No matter which behind-the-scenes tour you choose, you’ll dive deep into the California Academy of Sciences, learning about its commitment to science, research, education and conservation, both inside the exhibits and around the world.

Academy Tour
On this insider-access tour, explore the ‘world’s greenest museum’ from a science and research perspective. With your museum guide, learn about the institution's 159-year history and how its scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. Visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof, and see breathtaking geology specimens in the vault.

Aquarium Tour
With this option, learn about the history of Steinhart Aquarium and how biologists care for the 38,000 animals – including butterflies, fish, penguins and even an albino alligator – that live in the building. Visit the food-prep kitchen and see the complex water filtration system.

Both options include general admission to the museum, so you can visit all of the exhibits at your leisure before or after your tour. You’ll also receive a reserved seat at Morrison Planetarium and express entrance to Rainforests of the World, a 4-story rainforest exhibit that takes you through many of the planet’s eco-systems.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park
Departure Time:
Academy Hours of Operation:
9:30am-5pm Monday to Saturday
11am-5pm Sunday

Academy Tour starts at 11am and 2pm
Aquarium Tour starts at 1pm and 3pm
Duration:
Varies

Pricing information

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Academy 11am Tour
Code: ACA1100

Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour at 11am

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Academy 2pm Tour
Code: ACA200

Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour at 2pm

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Aquarium 1pm Tour
Code: AQU100

Behind-the-Scenes Aquarium Tour at 1pm

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USD $59.90
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Aquarium 3pm Tour
Code: AQU300

Behind-the-Scenes Aquarium Tour at 3pm

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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Guide on the Living Roof

Inclusions:
  • General admission
  • 1-hour behind-the-scenes guided tour
  • Express entry to the Rainforests of the World exhibit
  • Reserved Morrison Planetarium seat
Exclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Guests 8 years and older
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passes to special exhibits are handed out daily on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability
  • Maximum of 14 people per tour
  • Morrison Planetarium shows take place throughout the day; you will receive a reserved ticket to the show of your choice
  • Wheelchair accessible; wheelchairs are available at Coat Check on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Debbie, May 2015

Excellent!

Reviewed by: James W, USA, April 2015

The behind the scenes tour of the aquarium was interesting, informative, and delightful. The tour guide was full of information and the details included in the tour added to the overall experience. What really made the difference was the skip the line feature! We were whisked into the main attractions immediately by the skip the line feature easily savings us hours of waiting for an attraction. We visited on a very busy day, but even on slow days, this feature was worth every penny! BRAVO!!

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