• The rainforest dome and Living Roof of the California Academy of Sciences at twilight
    The California Academy of Sciences is not your average venue.
  • A view of the penguin colony inside African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences
    Home to an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum…
  • View of the California Academy of Sciences' main entrance at sunset
    ...it offers a universe of possibilities under one living roof.
  • The Amazon Flooded Forest tunnel's underwater view of the rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences
    Host your event here, and you may find…
  • The Piazza at the California Academy of Sciences decorated for the Big Bang Gala
    ...that the evening takes on a life of its own.

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The world's largest living indoor coral reef. An awe-inspiring 75-foot planetarium. A four-story tropical rainforest. All inside architect Renzo Piano's iconic masterpiece.   

When you host an event at the Academy, you're not just treating your guests to a jaw-dropping setting and best-in-class service and support—you're helping to make our mission to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration a tangible reality.

Learn more about our 15 incredible venues, and get inspired about partnering with one of the greenest museums on Earth. 

Virtual experiences

Screenshot of Academy virtual Zoom tour featuring Claude the alligator

Embark on an Academy adventure from the comfort and safety of your own home. With our new virtual events, you can:

  • Get an Academy-themed Zoom room
  • Curate a customizable and flexible experience
  • Go behind-the-scenes with Claude the alligator with albinism
  • Hear fascinating tales from an Academy scientist
  • Test your knowledge with thematic trivia
  • Stream an awe-inspiring planetarium show, and more!

15 unique venues

Click each venue for pictures, floorplans, and more details.

Aerial view of Academy

Square footage: 40,000
Reception capacity: 3,000+
Seated capacity: 1,000

African Hall

Square footage: 4,800
Reception capacity: 400
Seated capacity: 280

Reception in Aquarium

Square footage: varies
Reception capacity: 350
Seated capacity: 100


Square footage: 1,250
Reception capacity: 120
Seated capacity: 70

East Garden terrace with red chair setup

Square footage: 20,990
Reception capacity: 1,780
Seated capacity: varies

East and West Halls next to rainforest dome

Square footage: 20,000
Reception capacity: 800
Seated capacity: 440


Square footage: 4,000
Reception capacity: 300+
Seated capacity: 250+

Grand Hall

Square footage: 8,000
Reception capacity: 700
Seated capacity: 350+

Event on Living Roof under sunny skies

Square footage: 2,880
Reception capacity: 140
Seated capacity: varies

T. rex in Main Lobby

Square footage: 4,100
Reception capacity: varies
Seated capacity: varies

Moss Room

Square footage: 1,100
Reception capacity: 100
Seated capacity: 75+

Dancing in the Piazza

Square footage: 5,900
Reception capacity: 450
Seated capacity: 350+

Wedding inside the Planetarium

Square footage: 1,300
Theater seating: 290
Reception capacity: 100

Swamp with Claude the alligator

Square footage: 5,000
Reception capacity: 300
Seated capacity: 200+

Terrace Restaurant

Square footage: 5,000
Reception capacity: 275
Seated capacity: 200+

Contact us

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Inquiry form

(415) 379-5497