From deep sea to deep space, your Academy ticket is your passport to science adventures. Explore our exhibits, public programs, events, and more.
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A large-scale model of a beautiful orchid mantis demonstrates her dazzling camouflage in the Display chamber.
See the world from a bug's perspective—and see larger-than-life bug models!—in a new exhibition, now open daily.
"Kitty," our California saber-toothed cat (Smilodon californicus) fossil, was collected from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
Peek into the past in an all-new exhibition of objects from the Academy's research collections. Now open daily!
Pisaster ochraceus and tidepool diversity. Pillar Point, San Mateo County, CA
This June 13-July 4, join our annual community science effort to document California's coastal biodiversity.
Dive into the breathtaking beauty of coral reefs in this original Academy planetarium show—now playing daily!
Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.
Come face-to-fin with nearly 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our alligator with albinism.
Experience the cosmos from the Academy's all-digital, 75-foot planetarium dome. Reservations required.
Journey through a living 4-story rainforest, home to free-flying butterflies and birds and giant Amazonian fish.
Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.
Experience Northern California's epic natural wonders—including a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the Shake House.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic gem and mineral specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Celebrate LGBTQ+ women and gender minorities of color working in STEMM in a new exhibit and online gallery.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Explore a Southeastern swamp habitat, home to snapping turtles and our beloved alligator with albinism, Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Rolling hills and 1.7 million plants create an oasis for native species atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof.
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Get a glimpse of the richness right off our coast and gaze at rockfish, eels, a giant Pacific octopus, and more.
Awaken your senses in our new hands-on nature play and exploration space—now open in the East Garden!
Young imaginations soar in this colorful, California forest-themed playspace. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm.
Welcome to the Academy's hub for exploration, with books, games, specimens, and more. Open daily; hours vary.