55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24


Brilliant!Science: Pandemic

Brilliant!Science: Pandemic

Explore the fascinating history, science, and impacts of pandemics in the latest addition to our Brilliant!Science series, September 24 – 29.

Festival Overview

From influenzas to zoonotic diseases, pandemics have altered the course of human history and changed the way we think about preventative medicine in the modern age. In this installment of Brilliant!Science, hear from top microbiologists and epidemiologists pioneering next-level research, trace the fascinating life cycle of historic outbreaks, learn what happens when these illnesses jump from other animals to humans, and find out what experts are doing to prevent or limit the impact of future pandemics.

Programs and Events

The Remedy

Pritzker Lecture: The Remedy

Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm | African Hall

Speaker: Thomas Goetz, science writer and author

Join Thomas Goetz, author of The Remedy and former executive editor of Wired magazine, for a riveting look at tuberculosis, the world’s most lethal disease. Goetz will discuss the history of this 19th century "death sentence;" how two doctors’ unprecedented research led to our understanding of germs as transmitters of disease; and our quest to control the spread of such diseases in the 130-plus years since.

Reservations: $12, general; $10, seniors; free for members. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. For tickets, please visit calacademy.org/lectures or call (877) 227-1831.

Outbreak Nightlife

Outbreak NightLife (ages 21+)

Thurs., Sept. 25 from 6 – 10 pm | Throughout the museum

Grab a cocktail and pick the brains of microbiologists while learning about the dynamic diseases that have shaped the world we live in. Join Dr. Shannon Bennett, the Academy’s curator of microbiology, along with several of the Bay Area’s top scientists to discuss Emergence: The Potential for Pandemic. Examine the potential of microbes in and around us to cause disease in humans and other animals, and learn about the cutting-edge tools scientists use to identify and track outbreaks.

Reservations: $12, general; $10, members. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Family Festival

Pandemic Family Festival

Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 am - 4 pm | Piazza


The Academy’s Animal Health Department
Meet the team that keeps our 38,000 live animals healthy and happy—from African penguins and rainforest birds to tropical reef fishes and invertebrates.

Learn how this student-led group from UC Berkeley trains graduate students to provide support for state and local health departments during outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

Charles Chiu Lab
Learn about zoonotic viral infections and the epidemic potential from monkeys from UCSF researcher Charles Chiu and members of his lab.

National Park Service Office of Public Health
Meet Lt. Tara Carolfi from the NPS Office of Public Health to learn more about public initiatives that encourage active lifestyles through exploration of our parks and protection of animal health.

San Francisco Department of Public Health
Do you know the difference between flu facts and flu myths? Test your knowledge and learn how to reduce your chances of getting the flu.

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Discover more about mosquito-borne diseases, and how San Mateo County monitors, takes preventative measures, and controls mosquitos.

The Skoll Global Threats Fund, Pandemics Team
Skoll believes that global threats require a collective response. Use a black light glow powder to see how diseases spread through touch, and learn what you can do to stop the spread of disease.

Stanford School of Medicine
Curious about the forms viruses take and the functions their structures serve? Join Dr. Robert Siegel, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and students to create three-dimensional models of viruses.

Wildlife and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Join the Academy's Dr. Shannon Bennett and Maxine Zylberberg for "Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Viruses and Other Microbes!"—an informal talk.


Film Screening: Contagion

Sunday, Sept. 28 at 6 pm | Morrison Planetarium

Moderator: Dr. Shannon Bennett, Associate Curator of Microbiology at the Academy

Step inside the world’s largest all-digital planetarium for a special Sunday evening screening of Contagion (2011), a fictional thriller that follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus. Rated PG-13

Reservations: $12, general; $10, members. To purchase online, please select general admission or members tickets.

Nerd Nite - East Bay

Nerd Nite East Bay

Pandemic: Extreme Medicine
Monday, Sept. 29 at 8 pm | The New Parkway, Oakland

Speaker: Dr. Matt Lewin, Director of the Center for Exploration & Travel Health and Fellow, California Academy of Sciences

Throughout his career, Dr. Matt Lewin has treated patients and scientists in some of the world’s most remote locations and under the harshest conditions. Lewin, along with an international group of colleagues, made headlines recently for their pioneering approach to the treatment of venomous snakebites using a nasal spray. This novel technique is the first step toward finding a universal antidote for snakebite—one of the world’s most neglected tropical diseases, affecting nearly 5 million people annually. Hear Lewin’s exciting tales from the field during this special edition of Nerd Nite. Held monthly in more than 70 cities around the globe, Nerd Nite is where science nerds take the stage to deliver fun and informative presentations, while audience-nerds drink along.

Reservations: $8, all ages. For tickets, please visit eastbay.nerdnite.com. The New Parkway is located at 474 24th St., Oakland. Doors open at 7 pm.

Museum Hours


Monday - Saturday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm


11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

The Academy is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.



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