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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour

Explore more with our exclusive physically distanced VIP Tour! Limited to a maximum of six guests with enhanced health and safety measures in place, this 45-minute seasonal tour will introduce you to the abundance of nature thriving atop the Academy's 2.5-acre Living Roof and surrounding Golden Gate Park.

per adult from




45 minutes


Paper Only

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • 45-minute physically distanced guided tour
    • Behind-the-scenes access
    • VIP entry into the Osher Rainforest and earthquake simulator
    • 10% discount at Academy stores and restaurants
    • Entry/Admission - California Academy of Sciences
    • Entry/Admission - Morrison Planetarium
    • Entry/Admission - Steinhart Aquarium
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
  • Visit: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503

    Enjoy exclusive access and see what's beyond the museum with a Behind-the-Scenes 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.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Visit: Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco Academy of Science Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118

    Morrison Planetarium shows take place throughout the day; you will receive a reserved ticket to the show of your choice

    Visit: Steinhart Aquarium, 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503

    Visit the Aquarium and any of the other exhibits at your own leisure after your behind-the-scenes tour.

  • Departure Point :
    California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Great for guests 4+, and guests between the ages of 8 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Maximum of 6 people per tour
    • Wheelchair accessible; wheelchairs are available at Coat Check on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by California Academy of Sciences

Activity ID: V-5072BTS

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