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California Academy of Sciences Behind the Scenes Tour
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Book the ultimate all-access experience at the California Academy of Sciences with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour! Get an exclusive, up-close and personal look at the Greenest Museum on Earth.
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From C$111.06 each  Travellers (8 & older) *
*specify age at day of event
From C$111.06 each  Travellers (8 & older) *
*specify age at day of event
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Discover why Condé Nast Traveler recently named the California Academy of Sciences as one of the “New Wonders of the World.” Your behind-the-scenes pass grants you access to special staff-only areas during a 2-hour guided tour; interaction with Academy researchers; and a private viewing of some of the Academy’s secured collections.

Go deep behind the scenes in the aquarium, and learn how water is piped through the park from Ocean Beach. Step onto a private viewing deck beyond the living roof terrace; access a research lab; enter a secured vault; and learn about the green design and architecture that make this museum unique.

What’s more, enjoy express entry into the Rainforests of the World Biosphere at the end of your tour and confirmed seating in the world’s largest all-digital planetarium for any show time of your choice—a big plus, since all shows fill to capacity on a daily basis. To top off your experience, receive a commemorative DVD gift, Under the Living Roof.

And don’t forget, your incredible pass includes general admission to explore the Academy at your leisure before or after your tour.

Inclusions :
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • 2-hour tour
  • Express entry to Rainforests of the World Biosphere
  • Confirmed seating for planetarium show of your choice
  • Commemorative DVD
  • General admission to California Academy of Sciences

Daily (4 tour departures daily; select time when booking)

Hours of operation:
9:30 AM–5 PM Monday–Saturday
11 AM–5 PM Sunday
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Not available on the 3rd Wednesday of every month

Departure time:
Tours depart daily at:
  • 10 AM
  • 11 AM
  • 1 PM
  • 2 PM

    The Behind-the-Scenes tour is unavailable for children younger than age 8.

  • Redemption instructions

    After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
    1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
    2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it is critical to do this before you depart.
    3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

    Exchange your voucher for activity:
    Reservation confirmation is not required. Bring your printed voucher(s) and photo ID to the Guest Services Kiosk located on the right-hand side of the concourse as you face the building in exchange for your admission.
    Terms and conditions

    Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to 48 hours before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.