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Visit an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

  • Hours

    Monday – Saturday:
    9:30 am – 5 pm
    Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
    Thursday NightLife (21+): 6 – 10 pm

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  • Member Hours

    Tuesday:
    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Sunday: 10 – 11 am

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  • Explore today’s schedule of events and showtimes.

  • Getting Here

    Golden Gate Park
    55 Music Concourse Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118

Pierre the penguin

Watch Penguins Live

Meet our African penguins and watch them swim, waddle, and dine—our webcams stream live from the Academy 24/7.

Exhibit

Steinhart Aquarium

A woman and child in front of the Philippine Coral Reef tank

Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our albino American alligator.

Exhibit

Osher Rainforest

Woman and cute toddler look at butterflies in rainforest exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.

'Tis the Season

Holiday Gift Guide

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From sustainable stocking stuffers to colorful gift cards, give your holiday list a science twist this year.

Weekly Event

NightLife

Fanciful illustration of NightLife guests and Academy animals by artist Lydia Ortiz

The Academy transforms after dark with live music, cocktails, and a different theme every week for adults 21+.

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Our mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.

Explore

In the lab and in the field, our scientists study the diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Hope for Reefs

Explain

Our team of science educators creates free resources for teachers and students worldwide.

Environmental Literacy Initiative

Sustain

From our green building to our breeding programs, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

Sustainability in Action