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  • A gemsbok running over Namibian dunes
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  • 2 African penguins
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Visit an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Buy ahead and save!

  • Hours

    Monday – Saturday:
    9:30 am – 5 pm
    Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
    Thursday NightLife (21+): 6 – 10 pm

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  • Member Hours

    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Sunday: 10 – 11 am

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  • Getting Here

    Golden Gate Park
    55 Music Concourse Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118

Pierre the penguin

Watch Penguins Live

Meet our African penguins and watch them swim, waddle, and dine—our webcams stream live from the Academy 24/7.


Steinhart Aquarium

A woman and child in front of the Philippine Coral Reef tank

Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to free-flying butterflies in a 4-story rainforest.


Osher Rainforest

Woman and cute toddler look at butterflies in rainforest exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.

Special Event


SuperNatural 2019 event logo with flying bat

On October 26, trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among eerie animals and spooky specimens.

Weekly Event


Fanciful illustration of NightLife guests and Academy animals by artist Lydia Ortiz

The Academy transforms after dark with live music, cocktails, and a different theme every week for adults 21+.


Our mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.


In the lab and in the field, our scientists study the diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Hope for Reefs


Our team of science educators creates free resources for teachers and students worldwide.

Environmental Literacy Initiative


From our green building to our breeding programs, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

Sustainability in Action

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