California Academy of Sciences


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Starting at $36,331 for 50 Guests

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Starting at $36k for 50 Guests
Starting at $36k for 50 Guests

Venue capacity

up to 1000

Starting price

$36K to start

Peak Season



Ceremony / Reception

California Academy of Sciences Overview

Turn an unforgettable day into a one-of-a-kind experience at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences. Unique scenes include a dramatically lit Steinhart Aquarium with 38,000 live-animals and touch Tide Pool, or the world's second largest, all-digital Morrison Planetarium. Invite guests to dance under the stars in the Piazza with glass walls and ceilings. Take a safari through African Hall or wander in a four-story rainforest, home to butterflies and chameleons. With 12-unique settings, the possibilities are endless for 20 people to up to 3,000 people. Rent one venue space or the entire museum and have South African penguins, an albino alligator, and sharks as guests on your special day.

Venue Notes

The rental fee ranges from $15,000 to $22,000 for a ceremony and reception depending on the date. Rental fees include use of the space as-is, along with required support staff for the building (security, janitorial, biologists, etc.)

Amenities And Requirements


Bride's dressing area
Coat check room
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Podium and/or stage
Public garage


- Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer- Amplified music OK indoors only- Amplified music and loud instruments restricted near animals- Choose from a list for catering- General liability insurance required- Music must end by midnight- No balloons, fog machines, glitter, or confetti- No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.- No smoking- Underground parking garage to be contracted directly with garage management- Venue must approve all decorations- Wedding coordinator required