The Academy is open daily—and NightLife is back! View our reopening page for ticketing information, health and safety details, and FAQs. As you plan your visit, please keep the following in mind:

  • Reservations are required for the planetarium and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please scan the QR code in the lobby as soon as you arrive for the greatest selection of available showtimes.
  • To reduce crowding, public programs are no longer scheduled at specific times. Instead, look forward to "pop-up" programs on every floor and in our outdoor spaces.

New & Featured

Living Worlds

Artist rendering of Earth and multicolored technosignatures

Like interstellar calling cards, technosignatures of intelligent life would signal that we're not alone.

Our newest planetarium show explores how scientists are working to detect life from far, far away. Now playing!

Science Under the Sea Stars

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Masked child face to face with African penguin at the Academy
December 15 at 6:00 pm

On 12/15, celebrate the science and spirit of the season at an all-new evening event just for kids and families.

Holidays at the Academy

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Illustration of 3 penguin species against a teal background

This holiday, frolic under snow flurries, touch Arctic specimens, and join us for two spirited evening events.

NightLife

GIF of alligator, jellyfish, colorful tropical fish

Attention creatures of the night: NightLife is back! Buy tickets today to explore the Academy's nocturnal side.

Sharks

Guest looks into the giant fossilized jaws of extinct Carcharodon megalodon shark

Carcharodon megalodon was likely the largest shark that ever lived, growing up to three times longer than today's great whites.

Enter the realm of sharks and get to know the animals behind the sensational headlines. Closing January 23!

Iconic Exhibits

Steinhart Aquarium

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

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

Morrison Planetarium

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A crowd listens to a planetarium presented inside the vast, all-digital dome of Morrison Planetarium.

Experience the cosmos from the Academy's all-digital, 75-foot planetarium dome. Reservations required.

Osher Rainforest

Exterior view of rainforest glass dome with California Coast habitat in foreground

Journey through a living 4-story rainforest, home to free-flying butterflies and birds and giant Amazonian fish.

Kimball Natural History Museum

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Guests exploring Color of Life exhibit and tiger specimen at California Academy of Sciences

Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.

Ongoing Exhibits

BigPicture: Natural World Photography

Kangaroo and joey in a burned eucalyptus plantation. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur

Hope in a Burned Plantation by Jo-Anne McArthur // Grand Prize winner

Be transported around the world in an exhibit of the year's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography.

Gems and Minerals Unearthed

Crocoite; Photo: Kat Whitney

Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic gem and mineral specimens from the Academy's geology collection.

Giants of Land and Sea

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A family explores the interactive redwood ascent feature of the Giants of Land and Sea exhibit

Experience Northern California's epic natural wonders—including a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the Shake House.

Color of Life

Color of Life

Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.

The Swamp

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Claude the alligator with albinism sits on his rock in the Academy's Swamp exhibit

Explore a Southeastern swamp habitat, home to snapping turtles and our beloved alligator with albinism, Claude.

Philippine Coral Reef

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Philippine Coral Reef

Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.

Tusher African Hall

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Visitors wander through African Hall, filled with dioramas on both sides and an African penguin colony at the far end.

Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.

Living Roof

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The Living Roof

Rolling hills and 1.7 million plants create an oasis for native species atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof.

Human Odyssey

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Visitors explore the Human Odyssey exhibit.

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.

Water Planet

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The Water Planet exhibit's blue glow creates a beautiful place for exploring watery adaptations.

Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.

California Coast

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Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Get a glimpse of the richness right off our coast and gaze at rockfish, eels, a giant Pacific octopus, and more.

Hands-on Exhibits

Curiosity Grove

The iconic climbing tree framed by an all-new colorful mural inside the new Curiosity Grove educational play space.

Young imaginations soar in this colorful, California forest-themed playspace. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm.

Naturalist Center

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A visitor inspecting the Naturalist Center cabinets filled with specimens, books, and more.

Welcome to the Academy's hub for exploration, with books, games, specimens, and more. Open daily; hours vary.

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