Exhibits and experiences for explorers of all ages

An orange and red dwarf lionfish stares at the camera
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Venom

Encounter an array of over a dozen venomous animal species from scorpionfish to assassin bugs to fire urchins in this potent Steinhart Aquarium exhibition.  
Guest peers into the skull of a fossilized saber-toothed cat in Hidden Wonders exhibition at the Academy
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Hidden Wonders

Ancient. Irreplaceable. And now on view! Peek into the past in a new exhibition featuring fascinating specimens from the Academy's vast research collections.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

Morrison Planetarium interior with still from Living Worlds on screen
NOW PLAYING

Living Worlds

Is anybody out there? In our newest planetarium show, see how surprising discoveries about life on Earth could help us detect alien life light years away.
Photo illustration of Claude albino alligator against starry background
THURSDAYS | 6-10 PM | 21+

NightLife

Wonder what our animals get up to once the sun goes down? Find out at the Academy’s weekly event that celebrates the unusual intersection of art and science.
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World-changing science starts here

Rose-veiled fairy wrasse fish against black background by Yi-Kai Tea
BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

146 new species in 2022!

44 lizards. 14 sea slugs. Seven fishes. Four beetles. Four sharks. And that's just half of them! See what Academy scientists added to the tree of life in 2022. Photo © Yi-Kai Tea

3 kids look at a stingray swimming underneath them at the Academy
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