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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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Explore the California Academy of Sciences like never before! Get a behind-the-scenes look at its colorful animal residents, scientific collections, cutting-edge research and more!

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Price
Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour
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2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
You can book a maximum of 14.
Senior (Age 65 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Adult (Age 18-64)
USD 60.90
USD 60.90
Student (Age 18 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Youth (Age 12-17)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Child (Age 8-11)
USD 50.90
USD 50.90
Instant Confirmation USD 0.00 USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Senior (Age 65 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Adult (Age 18-64)
USD 60.90
USD 60.90
Student (Age 18 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Youth (Age 12-17)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Child (Age 8-11)
USD 50.90
USD 50.90
GE Tax included
Spend an hour behind the scenes learning about the institution’s 160-year old 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. 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: 1.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Admission / 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
  • Schedule
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  • Check-in
    Time & Location
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Starting time: 11:00 14:00 15:30
Starting time: 11:00 14:00 15:30
  • 10:45 Check-in at the Customer Service Desk
  • 10:00 Academy Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)
    csa_12 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 at the Customer Service Desk
Package detail / Schedule
Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour
1 Select a date
2 Select the amount (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
You can book a maximum of 14.
Senior (Age 65 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Adult (Age 18-64)
USD 60.90
USD 60.90
Student (Age 18 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Youth (Age 12-17)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Child (Age 8-11)
USD 50.90
USD 50.90
Instant Confirmation USD 0.00 USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Senior (Age 65 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Adult (Age 18-64)
USD 60.90
USD 60.90
Student (Age 18 & over)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Youth (Age 12-17)
USD 55.90
USD 55.90
Child (Age 8-11)
USD 50.90
USD 50.90
GE Tax included
On this hour-long tour, learn how the biologists care for over 40,000 animals and view the 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: 1.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Admission / 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
  • Schedule
  •  
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  •  
  • Check-out
    Time & Location
  •  

Starting time: 10:00 13:00 15:00
Starting time: 10:00 13:00 15:00
  • 09:45 Check-in at the Customer Service Desk
  • 10:00 Aquarium Behind-the-Scenes Tour (1 hr)
    csa_12 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 at the Customer Service Desk
Package detail / Schedule
Notes
Restriction(s)
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    • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
    • Children 8 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Children between the ages of 8 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • All Packages
    • 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 provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Each tour is limited to 14 participants.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • All Packages
    • You can book a maximum of 14.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 10:00 local time, 10 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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