This season, your winter wonderland is in the heart of Golden Gate Park. Make sure a merry (and mind-expanding) visit to the Academy is at the top of your holiday list this year.

Our holiday wish? To spend them with you! Frolic under indoor snow flurries, enjoy festive lights and décor, touch real Arctic animal specimens and artifacts, and join us for two evening events for science-loving kids and grown-ups. We’ll update this page once we put the finishing touches on a few more holiday surprises.

Please note: Because Wander Woods is currently under construction in the East Garden, the reindeer will not be in residence this year. We apologize for any inconvenience!


A girl reaches up to grab indoor snow flurries in the Academy Piazza

Fun in the flurries

Starting December 9!

Snow is in the forecast for San Francisco! Twirl under (non-allergenic, biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-staining) snow flurries swirling in the Piazza twice every hour.

Academy gift cards

Holiday gift guide

From sustainable swag to colorful gift cards, the Academy has gift-giving down to a science. Make your loved ones merry this holiday while supporting the museum you love.

Music Concourse bandshell in Golden Gate Park illuminated by green light

Music Concourse merriment

Conclude your Academy visit with an afternoon concert! The Alterverse is curating a month of performances and readings in the Music Concourse bandshell between the Academy and the de Young Museum.

Holiday hours

Thanksgiving (11/25): 10 am-3 pm
November 26-27: 9:30 am-6 pm
Christmas (12/25): 11 am-5 pm
December 26: 11 am-6 pm
December 27-30: 9:30 am-6 pm

Regular hours resume 12/31. Hours subject to change; please check our Hours & Admission page before your visit.