The Academy is open daily—and NightLife is back! View our reopening page for ticketing information, health and safety details, exhibit updates, and FAQs. We hope to see you soon!
As you plan your visit, please note the following health and safety updates:
- All guests, including members, must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance.
- Entry into the planetarium, rainforest and Shake House is first-come, first-served and by reservation only: When you arrive, scan the QR code in the lobby to select an entry time or showtime. (Nothing available? Try again later as new reservations are released throughout the day.)
- Curiosity Grove, Naturalist Center, and Discovery Tidepool will remain temporarily closed, and the interactive elements in some exhibits have been disabled or modified.
- To reduce crowding, public programs are no longer scheduled at specific times. Instead, look forward to "pop-up" programs on every floor and in our outdoor spaces.
New & Featured
Attention creatures of the night: NightLife is back! Buy tickets today to explore the Academy's nocturnal side.
Encounter an eye-catching array of 12+ venomous species in the Academy's newest aquarium exhibit.
Explore the tropical rainforests of the world with a session dedicated to these iconic and important ecosystems.
Experience an awe-inspiring exhibit of 2020's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography.
Discover the incredible animals behind the sensational headlines in the Academy's newest exhibit, opening 5/28.
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.
Explore a living 4-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds. Reservations required.
Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.
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.
Experience Northern California's epic natural wonders—including a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the Shake House.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful freshwater fish circle the albino American alligator known as 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.
Please note: Curiosity Grove is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this space soon!
Please note: Naturalist Center is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this space soon!
Please note: Discovery Tidepool is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this exhibit element soon!