Check out our current exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures. From frolicking penguins and out-of-this-world planetarium shows to scientist chats, nature crafts, and sleepovers, there's plenty to explore.
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Moving, roaring, life-size dinosaurs have invaded the Academy—catch them before they go extinct on May 27!
Discover your place in the cosmos in the Academy's exhilarating new planetarium show. Multiple showtimes daily.
See the sea from a plankton's perspective in an all-new virtual reality experience. Open daily, May 24–July 14.
Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest major exhibit.
Embark on a late-night science adventure: NightLife explores the mechanics of flight in the natural world.
Learn about our charismatic African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. 10:30 am and 3 pm daily.
Meet Claude, our albino American alligator, and hear why his southeastern habitat is so unique. 3:30 pm daily.
Artistic conception of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, currently under construction in Chile.
Learn about the telescope that will scan the southern sky every 30 seconds for 10 years.
Watch as a diver plunges into the world's deepest living indoor coral reef exhibit. 11:30 am and 2:30 pm daily.
Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to free-flying butterflies in a 4-story rainforest.
Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.
Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.
The Kimball Natural History Museum explores the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
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.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.
Explore some of the animal kingdom's most outrageous (and successful) strategies for meeting and mating.
Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.
Curiosity Grove is an all-new California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.
Come with questions and touch real specimens! This Academy favorite is for curious minds and vivid imaginations.
Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.