Please note: The Academy is temporarily closed to the public. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
While some of the exhibits and events featured below are not currently available due to our temporary closure, we invite you to stay scientifically engaged and inspired—for free!—with Academy @ Home.
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Live, weekly mini-classes with Academy experts! Next up: "Dead Whales Tell Tales" with mammalogist Moe Flannery.
Learn about the now-extinct iconic California grizzly bears that once roamed the entire length of the state.
Join our planetarium presenters on Facebook for interstellar insights and activities from the final frontier.
Experience an awe-inspiring exhibit of 2020's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography.
Explore Chile’s giant telescopes in the Academy’s newest planetarium show, livestreaming every Wednesday.
Come face-to-fin with nearly 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our albino American alligator.
Please note: Morrison Planetarium is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this exhibit soon!
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.
Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest major exhibit.
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!