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Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour

Highlights / General details

Explore the Academy from an insider's perspective and spend an hour behind the scenes learning more 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.


General Admission, 1 hour guided tour, Behind-the-Scenes Access, Express entry into the building, VIP entrance to the Rainforests of the World Exhibit, Reserved Planetarium Seats, and 10% Discount in The Moss Room restaurant and Academy Gift Shops.




Approximately 1 hour.

Hours of operation

Available Daily at 11:00am and 2:00pm.


55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118.

Participant restrictions

Guests on the Behind-the-Scenes Tours must be 8 or older to participate.

Guests are encouraged to explore the museum exhibits before or after the tour. The Behind-the-Scenes Tour does not visit all of the public exhibits.


Parking in Golden Gate Park can be challenging, especially on weekends and holidays. Taking public transportation or getting dropped-off is highly encouraged.

Tours run on schedule. Please arrive early to check-in.

These are walking tours. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for indoors and outdoors. Uneven surfaces, slick spots, or inclement weather may be encountered. All Academy Tours are ADA accessible.

Elements of the Behind-the-Scenes Tour and exhibits at the Academy are subject to change without prior notice.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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