Giants of Land and Sea
Welcome back! Please note that the Fog Room remains temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening it later this summer.
Life at the edge of land and sea is dynamic and ever-changing, where fog rolls in, tectonic plates tremble, and sea otters frolic in the kelp forest canopy.
In the Academy's newest major exhibit, science becomes sensory as you explore Northern California's natural wonders through a variety of interactive experiences:
- Encounter a 4-ton cross-section of a redwood tree
- Keep your balance in an earthquake simulator
- Virtually ascend to the top of a towering redwood
Giants of Land and Sea celebrates the extraordinary biodiversity in our own backyard—and the scientists and citizens taking action every day to sustain it.
California’s nutrient-rich coastal waters attract migrating megafauna with massive appetites. Check out a display of humpback, minke, and sperm whale skulls from our scientific collections before examining some unexpected artifacts—whale earwax, anyone?
The Bay Area is famous for its movers and shakers—including the temperamental tectonic plates it’s built on. Enter the reimagined Shake House earthquake simulator to be transported to the epicenter of the powerful 1906 and 1989 temblors.
Photo credit: Hear2heaL, SUNSET ROCKS San Andreas Fault, CC BY-SA 3.0
Golden State, Green Future
Northern California’s flora and fauna may be larger than life, but they’re not immune to the effects of habitat loss and climate change. Learn about the Academy’s work at the intersection of conservation and community engagement.
The Academy celebrates our multilingual region by translating the Giants exhibit into Chinese (中文), Filipino, and Spanish (español).
To translate calacademy.org into over 100 languages, click the drop-down menu at the bottom of any Academy webpage.
Giants of Land and Sea is open during regular museum hours.
Find it on the Main Floor between the rainforest and West Garden.