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California Academy of Sciences - Behind-the-Scenes Academy Tour

Spend an hour behind the scenes at the greenest museum on Earth. This one-hour tour takes you behind the scenes for an in-depth look at areas not open to the general public. Step into the Project Lab where researchers prepare specimens for collections, see rare gems and minerals in the Academy’s Vault and get close to the living roof.

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, 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 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.

Experience Includes

  • Get an exclusive, up close and personal look at the Greenest Museum on Earth.
  • Tour highlights include special access to staff-only areas, interaction with Academy researchers, and a private viewing of some of the Academy's secured collections.
  • Step onto a private viewing deck beyond the living roof terrace.
  • General Admission is included for guests to explore the rest of the Academy before or after the tour.
  • Enjoy express entry into the Rainforest exhibit, reserved Planetarium tickets.

Terms & Conditions

  • Advanced reservations are required. Please detailed your preferred date at the time of booking.
  • There is a maximum 14 people per tour.
  • All guests must be at least 8 years old.