The Academy is open daily—and NightLife is back! View our reopening page for ticketing information, health and safety details, and FAQs. As you plan your visit, please keep the following in mind:
- Reservations are required for the planetarium and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please scan the QR code in the lobby as soon as you arrive for the greatest selection of available showtimes.
- 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
Hope in a Burned Plantation by Jo-Anne McArthur // Grand Prize winner
Embark on a visual odyssey of 2021's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography—now open daily!
Get into costume and come ready to enjoy creepy science specimens, a costume contest, and Halloween drag show!
Carcharodon megalodon was likely the largest shark that ever lived, growing up to three times longer than today's great whites.
Enter the realm of sharks and get to know the incredible, endangered animals behind the sensational headlines.
Encounter an eye-catching array of 12+ venomous species in the Academy's newest aquarium exhibit.
Our newest planetarium show explores how scientists are working to detect life from far, far away. Opens 11/5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note: Discovery Tidepool is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this exhibit element soon!