Check out our current exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures. From frolicking penguins and out-of-this-world planetarium shows to scientist chats, nature crafts, and sleepovers, there's plenty to explore.
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Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest major exhibit.
Encounter an eye-catching array of venomous species in the Academy's all-new aquarium exhibit, opening March 27.
NightLife is celebrating International Women’s Day and giving the spotlight to women in science.
Discover your place in the cosmos in the Academy's exhilarating new planetarium show. Multiple showtimes daily.
Tickets on sale now for our biggest benefit of the year—featuring a DJ set by Passion Pit! April 23; 21+.
Meet Claude—our albino American alligator—and learn why his southeastern habitat is so unique. 3:30 pm daily.
Become an ocean chemistry expert in this exploration of the connection between sea, sky, and you. 2:15 pm daily.
Experience an unforgettable overnight at the museum. Tickets still available for the February 21 sleepover!
HD 189733 b, an extrasolar planet approximately 64.5 light-years away, has winds of 5,400 miles per hour!
Explore the atmospheres of distant exoplanets in this Dean Astronomy Lecture with JPL's Dr. Tiffany Kataria.
Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our albino American alligator.
Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.
Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.
Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful freshwater fish circle the albino American alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Rolling hills and 1.7 million plants create an oasis for native species atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof.
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.
Watch Academy scientists prepare specimens and conduct real research at this unique hybrid of exhibit and lab.
Curiosity Grove is a colorful California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.
Come with questions and touch real specimens! This Academy favorite is for curious minds and vivid imaginations.
Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.