55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    • Big Bang Party After Dark

      Big Bang Party After Dark

      Join us for SF’s biggest party of the year! Party After Dark spills across the Academy’s indoor and outdoor venues and features DJs, food trucks, and more.

      Learn more

    • Human Odyssey at the California Academy of Sciences

      Human Odyssey

      Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in a dramatic new addition to Tusher African Hall.

      Learn more

    • Penguins+Pajamas, Academy sleepovers, Natural History Museum, African Hall, penguins, Bay Area family events

      Academy Sleepovers

      Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out for a night at the Academy and see the museum in a whole new light.

      Learn more

    • Animal Attraction fish

      Animal Attraction

      Come explore this new aquarium gallery that highlights the diverse mating strategies in the animal kingdom.

      Learn more

    • Life on a Dynamic Planet, California Academy of Sciences, Earthquake exhibit, Shake House, the great quake, prepare to move

      Earthquake Exhibit

      Get ready for a kinetic journey into the world of seismic phenomena with Earthquake. The show explores life on our dynamic planet.

      Learn more

    • NightLife DJ, NighLife at the Academy, Rainforest, California Academy of Sciences

      NightLife 2014

      Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors to adults 21 and over. Mingle, dance, drink, listen and explore the exhibits from 6 pm to 10 pm.

      Thursday Nights

    • silver jewelry

      Evolving Traditions

      Explore this exhibit featuring Native American pottery and silver jewelry.

      Learn more

    • Animal Attraction fish

      Animal Attraction

      Come explore this new aquarium gallery that highlights the diverse mating strategies in the animal kingdom.

      Learn more

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2014-04-22
April 23, Wednesday
2014-04-24
Selected: All Daily

Notices

Calendar Events

  • All Day
    • Naturalist Center

      Naturalist Center

      Follow your curiosity to the Naturalist Center! Explore an animal skull or pelt up-close, solve a puzzle, do a scavenger hunt, play a game, watch a nature video, sketch a skeleton, ask questions, and more. Located on Level 3, across from the Planetarium exit. Hours: 10AM - 5PM Sat & Sun, 11AM - 4PM M-F

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    • Junior Scientist Adventure, generously supported by Oracle

      Information

      Become a scientist for a day by checking out a field science backpack full of tools and activities to guide your exploration. At 1:00 pm join a presenter in the Piazza for a fun activity to practice your scientific thinking skills. Questions are encouraged! FREE with admission. Backpacks are distributed until 4 PM on a first come, first served basis.

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  • 9:30 AM
    • Museum Opens

      Admission includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof. Admission to this popular Bay Area attraction includes a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks and more.
  • 9:45 AM
    • Little Naturalists: Sprouts

      Naturalist Center

      Explore the plants and animals of nature’s gardens through hands-on investigation and activities. For ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent/adult caregiver.

      Today's theme - Birds in the Garden: Learn about the birds that visit our gardens and make a miniature bird house to place in your garden.

      Reservations: Space is limited. Reservations and a fee are required for all Little Naturalists programs: $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 415-379-8000.

      Buy Tickets

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  • 10:30 AM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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    • Penguin Feeding

      African Hall
      Meet our African Penguin colony while an Academy biologist feeds them and answers your questions.
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  • 10:40 AM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 11:15 AM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 11:25 AM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 11:30 AM
    • Ocean Action - The Power of pH

      Project Lab

      Have you ever wondered what sea shells, the ocean, and our atmosphere have in common? Come find out at this fun, experiment-based program as we explore the ocean and its special chemistry. Learn about the simple steps you can take to help keep oceans and the marine animals that live in them healthy.

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    • Coral Reef Dive

      Coral Reef Exhibit
      Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions.
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  • 12:00 PM
    • Our Incredible, Expanding Universe

      Piazza

      It’s one thing to say our Universe is expanding, but how do we actually know that’s the case? This crowd-pleasing program explores the methods scientists use to “see” the Universe’s expansion, as well what kinds of similar phenomena might be observed in our everyday lives.

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    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 12:10 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 12:30 PM
    • Ssssnake Encounter

      Piazza

      Meet some of the Academy’s live snakes in-person! While viewing these fascinating (and harmless!) animals in the flesh, we will learn about snakes’ unique natural history, their predatory behavior, and their surprising special senses.

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  • 12:45 PM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 12:55 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 1:00 PM
    • Junior Scientist Adventure Meet-Up

      Piazza

      Join us for a fun activity to practice your scientific thinking skills. 

      For other activities to do on your own, grab a Junior Scientist Adventure backpack at Coat Check (Level 1). FREE with admission. Backpacks are distributed until 4 PM on a first come, first served basis.

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  • 1:15 PM
    • Quest for Curiosities

      Naturalist Center

      Have you discovered the Naturalist Center? This hands-on space is where nature’s curiosities abound! From a real dinosaur leg bone to great white shark jaws, the Naturalist Center has thousands of natural history specimens. Join a Guide everyday at 1:15 PM for an illuminating quest for the curiosities of the Naturalist Center!

      Free with Academy admission.  Naturalist Center: Level 3, across from the Planetarium exit

       

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  • 1:30 PM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 1:40 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 2:00 PM
    • The Sweet Side of DNA

      Project Lab

      Have you ever wondered what “the essence of life” – DNA – would look like if you held it in the palm of your hand? In the course of this 15-minute program, we will crush up fresh strawberries and extract their DNA in order to see it up close and personal – without the aid of a microscope. During the process, discover why some scientists call DNA the most extraordinary molecule on earth.

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  • 2:15 PM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 2:25 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 2:30 PM
    • Coral Reef Dive

      Coral Reef Exhibit
      Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions.
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  • 3:00 PM
    • Penguin Feeding

      African Hall
      Meet our African Penguin colony while an Academy biologist feeds them and answers your questions.
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    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 3:10 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 3:30 PM
    • Swamp Discovery

      Swamp

      Learn more about these wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States and their hidden value. Listen to sounds of swamp inhabitants as we follow the life of the American alligator from hatchling chirps to the booming bellows of mature adults, all beneath the moss-draped limbs of a bald cypress.

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  • 3:45 PM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 3:55 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 4:30 PM
    • Planetarium show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations. 

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  • 4:40 PM
    • Live Presentation: Ancient Light

      Planetarium Entrance

      Echoes from the creation of our Universe are all around us—in the form of ancient light. One source of light, known as cosmic background radiation (CBR), is a 13.8-billion-year-old relic of the Big Bang, and our advancing abilities to map it have begun to answer questions about when the Universe was born, how it evolved, and what it’s composed of. Explore the secrets of CBR in this live, 15-minute program that features dazzling 3D models created by our own Visualization Studio and imagery from NASA and observatories around the world. Hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall, "Ancient Light" takes a closer look at one of humankind’s most profound discoveries, and invites audiences to engage and ask questions about the Universe as we know it.

      No passes required. All ages welcome.

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  • 5:00 PM
    • Museum Closes

      Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

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                Before You Get Here

                   

                Get the most out of your visit to the new Academy.

                About the Academy

                   

                This popular Bay Area attraction houses a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium, and rainforest dome. It is also home to a world-class research institution with over 28 million specimens in its collections.

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