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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Get the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience at the California Academy of Sciences. Enjoy special access to staff-only areas and interaction with Academy researchers. Explore the rest of the Academy before or after the tour with the General Admission ticket included.

Description

The Behind-the-Scenes Tour is the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience at the California Academy of Sciences, the world's only aquarium - planetarium - rainforest - living museum. Get an exclusive, up close and personal look at the Greenest Museum on Earth designed by award winning architect Renzo Piano. Learn the design concepts and Piano's vision for the Academy.

Highlights

  • Enjoy express museum entry

  • Explore the aquariums life support systems

  • View a selection of the Academy's gems and minerals

  • Visit a working lab and learn about Academy research

  • Gain VIP access to the Rainforests of the World dome

  • Get preferred Planetarium Show seating to any show of your choice

Museum Operating Hours

Monday to Saturday - 09:30 to 17:00

Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00

Closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving

Includes

  • One-hour guided tour

  • Behind-the-scenes access

  • Express entry into the building

  • VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest

  • Express entry into the Earthquake simulator

  • Reserved space in the Planetarium

  • 10% discount in dining and shopping venues

  • Admission
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Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution’s 160-year history and its nearly 46 million specimens. Visit the research collections, not on view to the public, and develop an appreciation for their vast library of life, as well enjoy the many perks included in this VIP package. The Academy tour is sure to show you more of the museum than you ever knew existed!

Duration: 1:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: One-hour guided tour / Behind-the-scenes access / Express entry into the building / VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest / Express entry into the Earthquake simulator / Reserved space in the Planetarium / 10% discount in dining and shopping venues / Admission

Schedule

Starting time: 11:00 - 15:30 (Show more)
  • 10:45

    Check-in at the Customer Service Desk

  • 10:00

    Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)

    Discover the institution's 160-year-old history and explore its over 46 million specimens. See the research collections ranging from the ichthyology (fish), entomology (insects) to ornithology (birds) specimens. Also, step out to the living roof to see a private vault of geology wonders.

  • 12:00

    Check-out

  • 13:45

    Check-in at the Customer Service Desk

  • 10:00

    Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)

    Discover the institution's 160-year-old history and explore its over 46 million specimens. See the research collections ranging from the ichthyology (fish), entomology (insects) to ornithology (birds) specimens. Also, step out to the living roof to see a private vault of geology wonders.

  • 15:00

    Check-out

  • 15:15

    Check-in at the Customer Service Desk

  • 10:00

    Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)

    Discover the institution's 160-year-old history and explore its over 46 million specimens. See the research collections ranging from the ichthyology (fish), entomology (insects) to ornithology (birds) specimens. Also, step out to the living roof to see a private vault of geology wonders.

  • 16:30

    Check-out

Senior ( Age & over ) From Adult ( Age & over ) From Student ( Age & over ) From Youth ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From
Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour

On this hour long tour, experience how the biologists care for over 40,000 animals as well as largest indoor display of living corals. Visit the food prep kitchen and see what Claude the albino alligator gets fed for breakfast. Follow in the footsteps of the biologists by visiting a few of the spaces they work in each day and experience the best behind the scenes.

Duration: 1:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: One-hour guided tour / Behind-the-scenes access / Express entry into the building / VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest / Express entry into the Earthquake simulator / Reserved space in the Planetarium / 10% discount in dining and shopping venues / Admission

Schedule

Starting time: 10:00 - 13:00 (Show more)
  • 09:45

    Check-in at the Customer Service Desk

  • Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)

    Venture behind-the-scenes to discover the rich history of the Steinhart Aquarium built in 1923. In here, learn how the biologists care for more than 40,000 aquatic animals including those from the Philippine Coral Reef, and see the deepest and largest indoor display of living corals.

  • 11:00

    Check-out

  • 12:45

    Check-in at the Customer Service Desk

  • Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)

    Venture behind-the-scenes to discover the rich history of the Steinhart Aquarium built in 1923. In here, learn how the biologists care for more than 40,000 aquatic animals including those from the Philippine Coral Reef, and see the deepest and largest indoor display of living corals.

  • 14:00

    Check-out

  • 14:45

    Check-in at the Customer Service Desk

  • Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)

    Venture behind-the-scenes to discover the rich history of the Steinhart Aquarium built in 1923. In here, learn how the biologists care for more than 40,000 aquatic animals including those from the Philippine Coral Reef, and see the deepest and largest indoor display of living corals.

  • 16:00

    Check-out

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  • (For Check-In) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 10:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 10:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 12:00:00

  • (For Check-In) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 13:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 15:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 13:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 15:00:00

  • (For Check-In) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 15:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 16:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 15:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) California Academy of Sciences (California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States) Time: 16:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
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  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

  • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Printed VELTRA voucher

  • A valid government-issued photo ID

  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Camera

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Additional Note(s)
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  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation.

  • Guests are allowed to bring their own food and drinks, but storage is not provided for any items brought into the facility.

  • Guests are encouraged to arrive early and stay after the tour to explore the many exhibits of the California Academy of Sciences.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • Drinks and meals are available for purchase

  • If you are driving on your own, you will be required to pay a parking fee.

  • You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.

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  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 14.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 00:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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