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.

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

Let the Wonder Begin

Dark Universe
Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy. Learn more
Human Odyssey
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in a dramatic addition to Tusher African Hall. Learn more
Earthquakes Happen
Explore the jolting science behind plate tectonics, which shape the planet and impact our lives. Learn more
The Aquarium
Find Nemo inside the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit, and meet nearly 40,000 live animals from around the world. Learn more
The Natural History Museum
Explore how life evolved on Earth, and what we can do to help conserve its diversity. Learn more
The Planetarium
Fly through space and time, and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home. Learn more
The Rainforest
Journey through a four-story rainforest that is hot, humid, and teeming with life. Learn more
Programs & Events
Thursday, April 24, 8:30 pm – 12 am
The Academy’s annual fundraiser is one of SF’s biggest parties!
April 22 – May 4
Save $3 on admission by bringing a reusable water bottle to the Academy.
Sunday, April 13, at 2:00 pm
Hear from Academy researchers about their latest discoveries.
Academy Photo Competition
Show us what you love about life at the California Academy of Sciences.
Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm
The Georgian National Museum’s David Lordkipanidze discusses Skull 5.
Sunday, May 4, 9:45 am – noon
Join Academy naturalists and learn to identify local animals by sound alone.
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Learn about our shallow reef residents’ family tree, and watch a feeding.
Three times daily
Get an insider’s perspective on Academy research, Collections, and animal care.
Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver plunges into the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit.
News & Highlights
Enceladen Oceans
Cassini finds evidence of subterranean oceans on a minor moon of Saturn.
New Khan Academy Course
Explore our new, free-for-everyone biodiversity course—available worldwide.
Shop Our Eco-Friendly Collection
Make every day Earth Day with home d├ęcor, kids’ games, and more!
Python Navigation
Relocated Burmese pythons prove capable of finding their way home.
Sea Slug Savant
Get to know Terry Gosliner, Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology.
Live Streaming
Watch our penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams.
Sea Turtles’ Lost Years
Researchers crack the mystery of juvenile loggerheads’ first journey.
The Philippines
Learn about our work in the Philippines, and how you can support typhoon victims.
Human Odyssey
Retrace humanity’s path from our African origins to our spread across the globe.
For iOS and Android
Download our new, free app to stay current on breaking science news!
Plan Your View of the Night Sky
Never miss another moon phase with our downloadable, foldable almanac.
Earth Day 101
Learn easy ways to help take care of our planet, and our Bay.
Our Mission
The Academy is driven by a mission to Explore, Explain, and Sustain Life.
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