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Oh My, Our California Academy of Sciences is Now Offering Family-Type Memberships (with Blackout Dates) for Just $129 per Year

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Here it is – Community Value Membership for you, another adult (your spouse let’s say, anybody I suppose, but “named” ahead of time) plus all your kids for just $129 per year.

There’s just One Simple Trick – the blackout dates, which include all Saturdays, and holidays, and other busy times of the year. See?

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I’ll tell you, this is a steal.

See you there!

All the deets:

“An exciting—and affordable—new way for your family to join ours. Become a Community Value member today!

At just $129 per year, our new Community Value membership is a smart choice for families with flexible schedules.

Two named adults and their children (or grandchildren) can enjoy everything the Academy has to offer every day except Saturdays, holidays, and peak periods. That’s over 230 days of free visits per year!

Prefer paying monthly? Choose our convenient installment plan option for $69 down and less than $6 a month.

Check out our Community Value access calendar to see all 230+ dates the Academy is yours to explore.

Incredible Benefits

A Community Value membership provides two named adults and their children or grandchildren (17 and under) the following benefits:

Free entry 230+ days a year
Present your personalized membership card along with photo ID at our members-only entrance for easy access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and more.

Weekly members-only hours
Every Sunday (10-11 am) and Tuesday (8:30-9:30 am), enjoy the calm before the crowds as the Academy opens exclusively for members.

Invitations to exclusive events and programs
From special planetarium passes and penguin feedings to exhibit previews and member talks and programs, membership makes science second nature.

Discounts on shopping and dining
Save 20% on behind-the-scenes tours, NightLife (21+), Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, and lectures, and 10% on shopping, dining, and on-site photos.

 
 

A Community Value membership is a little different than other memberships—which translates to a lot of savings. Our access calendar contains a full list of blackout dates, as well as the 230+ days that Community Value members can visit the Academy.

Visit for free Sunday through Friday
Come for an hour or stay for the day, six days a week! (Prefer visiting on Saturdays? Check out our other membership levels.)

230+ “Green Days” per year
Green dates on the access calendar mean the Academy is open for Community Value members. Be sure to plan ahead: Blackout dates include Saturdays, holidays, and the month of July.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question that’s not answered below? Check out our Membership FAQ page. You can also email, chat, or call us at (800) 794-7576 anytime.

What happens if I want to visit the museum on a blackout date?
You are welcome to upgrade to a higher-level membership and gain access to the museum any day of the year.

What is the difference between a Community Value membership and a Family membership?
While both memberships grant benefits to two named adults and their children or grandchildren, they differ in price and access: a Community Value membership ($129 a year) includes 230+ annual days of museum access, while Family membership ($249) includes 365 days.

Can I purchase a Community Value membership on a blackout date?
You are welcome to purchase your membership on a blackout day either in full, on a payment plan, or by applying your already-purchased tickets to the full membership price. However, you will need to begin using the membership on a non-blackout day.

Patio Furniture, Golden Gate Park

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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The Most Baller Thing Ever: The “DONOR LOUNGE” at Our California Academy of Sciences – It’s All Balcony, Basically

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Far from the madding crowd, IS YOUR NEW DONOR LOUNGE:

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It starts at $2500.

Bonus:

Incoming! planetarium show opens March 11, 2016
Narrated by George Takei, new show explores asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins”

See you there!

Typical San Francisco Tourist Attractions Look Like a Ghost Town During This Super Bowl Week – SUBSTITUTION in Action?

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

What’s this, the gigantic aquarium at our California Academy of Sciences at 1:58 PM on a Wednesday afternoon? Oh, that’s right, we’ve lost our Regular Visitors due to all the hassles of our money-losing Super Bowl.

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Is it usually like this? IDK, but I ain’t never seen this area totally empty afore.

And let’s look across the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse to the alleged* Fourth Busiest Museum in America, our de Young Museum:

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Similarly, I’ve never seen it look like this during operating hours. I saw one cab waiting for bidness (and another one to camera right – I cropped that one out). Maybe a couple ppl milling about. Mind you, this is more than two hours afore Closing Time.

And let’s head down to the entrance of The Academy on our way out. Camera left had a few people in front of the Cafe on the west side (I think? The ocean side, the makai side, Bruddah) of the building. In mitigation, at one point at least, the small Explorer’s Cove was full up (with the keiki, Bruddah) as evidenced by one baby in a stroller waiting in line to get in.

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Again, never seen it like this.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Contact our cultural institutions and ask them “How’s bidness during this relatively rain-free Super Week?” And then, contact any old economist to discover why paying million to host a Super Bowl party might not actually be “GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN SAN FRANCISCO.”

Aloha.

Bruddah

*Certainly, this was the case, say, around the time when we had the King Tut roadshow. As to whether that’s the case now, or in a typical year, I know not…

The Projected Elephants at Our California Academy of Sciences

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

These elephants are something I’ve never noticed at our California Academy of Sciences:

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These elephants, the ones moving along.

They also have leopard vocalizations, which is something new, I think. Look up.

See you there!

Forget About That Blue and Gold Dress: Do You See Two Cats or a Cat and a Pig?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The one on the left is definitely ID’ed as a cat, but I’m seeing a lot of bear or pig or bear-pig in the unlabeled and supposed “cat” on the right:

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Bears have muzzles and piggies have muzzles, but cats don’t have muzzles, right?

See for yourself at our CalAcademy in GGP

The Roof of Our World-Famous California Academy of Sciences Now Smells Exactly Like a Burger King – Exactly

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

I’m talking exactly.

Mmmm…burger:

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Of course the nearby Inner Sunset district used to have the World’s Smallest Burger King (just a skosh under the then all-important 1000 square foot threshold), but it, just as with Cole Valley’s Bacon Bacon, had issues with neighbors complaining about the smell.

So head on up to the wavy wavy roof for a sniff. And while you’re there, check out Color of Life. It’s excellent.

Official UBER Log-In Photo Depicts Illegal Driving on Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park

Friday, June 12th, 2015

You know, just saying.

What’s this, a Photoshopped California Academy of Sciences being used on an Uber website? I think so.

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Well, the car’s pointing in the wrong direction, that’s all.

Hey, does the our California Academy of Sciences or Recreation and Park Department get any Uber money for helping fill out Uber.com with commercial photography?

You know, just asking.

If now you’re yearning for a little color after deconstructing this desaturated image, check out the grand opening of Color of Life this weekend:

“There’s more to color than meets the eye. This summer, the California Academy of Sciences will unveil Color of Life, a major new exhibit that explores the connection between charismatic colors and their starring role in the natural world. Celebrate the opening of this exhibit with fun programs and performances all weekend.

Program Partners include EnChroma, Inc., Conservatory of Flowers, California Wolf Center, Little Artistas, Bryson Voirin, California Academy of Sciences Exhibit Studio (Saturday only), and California Academy of Sciences Department of Botany (Sunday only).

Activities will take place in the Piazza from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.”

If You Live in SF, You and Your Fam Can Visit the Academy of Sciences for Free, Courtesy of Target Stores

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Once again, it’s time for NEIGHBORHOOD FREE WEEKENDS at our CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES courtesy of TARGET Stores.

Of course there are other days you can visit this place for free, but the lines can be quite long because the whole world is invited. It can look like this:

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Or at least that’s my impression. Just look at this – these people in the pouring rain on JFK Drive were hundreds and hundreds of yards away from the main entrance. The nice thing about zip code-based free neighborhood weekends is that it’s not as crowded as this, plus they throw in Fridays too.

Anyway, the days for 2015 go from February 27th to March 22.

All the deets:

“San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on designated weekends each spring and fall, according to zip code.

Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency* is required.

Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Spring 2015 Free Days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1

Parkside, Sunset
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 6, 7, 8

Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 13, 14, 15

Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 20, 21, 22

* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:

A driver license or state ID card

Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date

Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)”

R.I.P. Moss Room Restaurant – Now Here’s the Outdoorsy, More Casual “Terrace” at the California Academy of Sciences

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: So I’ve been looking for any kind of support for The San Francisco Chronicle’s objections to Sodexo, but I’m not finding much. Throw in this rewrite from well-trafficked EaterSF of the Chronicle bit linked below and see that the obviously-well-trafficked Chron got a total of four comments on the matter.

And, oh look, The Terrace is now officially approved by District One Supervisor Eric Mar and District Four Supervisor Katy Tang.

And here’s what the place looks like on a foggier day.

And now we’ve also got these posts:

Academy of Sciences opens “The Terrace” cafe for garden dining from The Richmond District Blog

New academy restaurant maintains Bay Area culinary trend by David Boitano, Steinhart Aquarium[!] Examiner

And here’s the new menu of The Terrace

So that’s a wrap on the Academy’s new eatery.]

Or The Terrace, if you prefer, at our California Academy of Sciences

Believe it or not, this is a color photo:

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Oh, this is better:

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Comes now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi to complain about the choice of vendor for this eatery (and BTW, it’s also the new vendor for  Academy Cafe, about which more anon). 

So I don’t know – basically what’s happening is we’re losing the subterranean fine dining Moss Room but gaining the more casual Terrace. I’ll tell you, I was invited to sample the food twice at the Moss Room, both for the first iteration a while back and then for one of the more recent efforts, and I declined because I’m not really competent to judge food, frankly. (But at the time I wondered how the place would do considering its location, which aint good for several reasons…)

Anyway, I don’t get the beef over the new vendor. I assume that everything will work out fine.

Speaking of which, here’s the new menu from the Academy Cafe, which just started up October 1st or so:

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Now back to the Terrace – here you go, some bites with goat cheese. It was yummy:

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And here’s a salad:

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And here’s what’s in the salad:

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And here’s the pizetta:

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And so on…

Do you see what I mean here? The Terrace isn’t a replacement for the Moss Room – it’s just what came next after the Moss Room didn’t work out. And the basement location of the Moss Room would appear to make a great semi-hidden event space…

(I can recall how upset some people were about getting a new vendor at the nearby Stow Lake Boathouse a few years back. The “local” vendor basically responded to the RPD beauty contest with a real half-assed attitude – he thought he deserved the contract no matter what. I didn’t agree with that either.)

Anyway, if the food writers of the Chronicle want to head out to the Park to see the set-up, I’m sure they’d be welcome to do so…

All the deets:

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