How did life on Earth begin? Discover the incredible cosmic roots of the human pedigree!
Look Who You Might Run Into
Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.
Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder
Learn about the winter survival strategies of whales and other animals in this game-show-style trivia contest.
Revel in the wonder of the Academy's annual holiday exhibit, showcasing the science behind this festive season.
Learn about the fascinating adaptations of rays, sharks, and other ocean cruisers.
Join in sea shanties with San Francisco's sustainable seafood foraging expert, Kirk Lombard.
- #00000050Academy Expeditions
We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition
Explore our Library of Life
Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.
Learn about our current initiatives, and access tools and resources to support your work.