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In response to the latest guidelines and information from local and state public health authorities, the Academy will be temporarily closed to the public, effective March 12 at 5 pm.

As a leading scientific institution and trusted community space, we remain committed to following the recommendations of public health authorities and will continue to act in an abundance of caution with the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers as our top priority and responsibility.

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The Academy deeply appreciates the patience, support, and understanding of our community, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the museum when it is safe to do so.

and with Shannon Bennett, PhD, the Academy's Chief of Science. An infectious disease expert, Dr. Bennett answered questions submitted via social media about coronaviruses and COVID-19.


Frequently asked questions

库博体育官网View the FAQs below for additional information and resources. Click the plus sign (+) next to each question to expand.

When is the Academy going to reopen?

While we can’t provide an exact date just yet, we’re preparing for a September reopening. Please note that this could be delayed as and state and federal guidelines evolve.

We know how eager our community is to return to the museum they love, and the incredible outpouring of support we’ve received has kept us going during this challenging time. The entire Academy staff is grateful for your continued understanding—and we (and our nearly 40,000 finned, feathered, and scaly friends) can’t wait to see you soon.

How will the Academy reopen safely?

Since mid-March, the Academy’s Reopening Task Force has been closely following the guidance of local, state, and federal public health officials, internal experts, and other key stakeholders to develop a reopening strategy that prioritizes the health and safety of our guests, staff, animals, and community—and is informed by the latest science.

库博体育官网When we are ready to welcome guests back to the museum, a number of new health and safety measures will be in place, including but not limited to:

  • Limiting museum attendance to one-third of our normal maximum capacity to promote physical distancing;
  • Requiring all guests, including members, to purchase or reserve timed tickets in advance for contactless entry and reduced guest density;
  • A mandatory pre-entry health screening for all guests and staff; anyone reporting COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure to the virus will be asked to reschedule their visit;
  • Increased fresh air circulation and filtration throughout the building;
  • Required masks or face coverings for all guests age three and up and all staff and volunteers;
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of exhibits, public spaces, and restrooms throughout the day, and the installation of over a dozen hand-sanitizer dispensers;
  • Requiring guests to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet between their party, other guests, and Academy staff;
  • Helpful signage and floor decals to promote mask-wearing, handwashing, and physical distancing;
  • The continued closure of Morrison Planetarium, the Naturalist Center, Curiosity Grove, and other exhibits and spaces subject to stricter reopening guidelines and/or where physical distancing is difficult to enforce.
  • Hosting pop-up public programs and demonstrations outdoors in the East and West Garden whenever possible.

While Academy visits will certainly be a little different after reopening, we’re working hard to make sure we can deliver the same high-quality museum experience in the safest way possible. We’ll be sure to keep our community updated and informed so every guest knows what to expect before, during, and after a visit. Please stay tuned for more details on our reopening plan, and thank you for your continued patience and support!

What can I do to stay healthy and prevent community spread of COVID-19?

and the usual tactics used to prevent seasonal colds and flu are super important in the fight against COVID-19:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water handy, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  2. Wear a mask or facial covering. Covering your nose and mouth when outside the home reduces virus spread—. 

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  5. Practice social distancing: Avoid unnecessary travel, don’t shake hands or hug, and try to stay at least six feet away from people. Greeting alternatives include waving and elbow bumps.

  6. If you are sick, stay home库博体育官网. If you have flu-like symptoms, call your doctor.

    And last but not least:

  7. Don’t panic! We’re all in this together, even if we have to stay six feet apart for a while. Be kinder than necessary to family, friends, neighbors, first responders, food service workers, medical professionals, and yourself.
Who is taking care of the animals while the Academy is closed?

库博体育官网While many Academy staff will work remotely during our temporary closure, a limited number of essential personnel will have access to the museum to continue providing the highest level of care for our 38,000+ live animals and keep the building and its critical systems running. These staff members will practice social distancing and implement rigorous safety protocols while at work to reduce any health risks.

Want to learn more about how we keep our animals healthy and active? Watch our video on animal enrichment and listen to aquarium curator about caring for albino alligator Claude during closure.

What happens if I already purchased tickets?

If you purchased tickets for Daytime Admission, NightLife, or any other event* scheduled during the time of our temporary closure period, we will refund your order to the original form of payment within 5-7 business days. If you do not receive your refund within seven business days, please contact us and provide your order number. We appreciate your patience as we process these refunds.

If you received discounted admission thanks to donations to our Academy for All initiative, such as with a School Field Trip reservation, all previous payments have been credited to your site for a visit during the 2020-2021 school year. Our Education team库博体育官网 will be in touch with you in August to reschedule a field trip for your school or youth-serving organization.

*The deadline for Party After Dark refunds has passed and ticket purchases have been converted to donations to support the Academy according to our non-refundable ticket policy. We truly thank you for your generosity.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

库博体育官网As a scientific, research, and educational institution, the Academy believes it’s more important than ever to seek out COVID-19 information from reliable, science-based sources. Here are some links from trusted international, national, and local public health authorities to help you stay informed:

World Health Organization (WHO):

  • : A global homebase for COVID-19 updates and resources.
  • : Helpful videos and shareable, downloadable infographics.
  • : Separate rumor from reality—and pass it on.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • : Another helpful homebase for US-specific updates and resources.
  • : The top five most important things to know about the disease.

City and County of San Francisco:

  • : A simple, user-friendly site with info about available city services.
  • : All the info you need about Bay Area counties’ current shelter-in-place order.
  • : Updated a little less frequently, but a still-useful list of SF-specific FAQs.
  • for official updates about coronavirus in San Francisco.

Quick links

 for official updates about coronavirus in San Francisco.

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