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Look Who You Might Run Into

Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.

Creature Closeups Gallery

Jellyfish

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

August 1st at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm

Meet our African penguin colony and get your questions answered by one of our Academy biologists.

August 1st at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm

Discover the beauty, variety, and vast complexity of our connections to the network of life that surrounds us.

August 1st at 1:00 pm

Join BigPicture judge Neil Ever Osborne and explore the important role photography can play in conservation.

For Kids
August 1st at 1:30 pm

Meet some of the Academy’s most spectacular residents and learn about their surprising survival adaptations.

August 3rd at 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:45 pm

Travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life.

August 6th at 6:00 pm

A NightLife LIVE summer music series event with performances by Alvvays & GRMLN, presented by Outside Lands.

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.

Specimen Spotlights Gallery

Frog

Learn about our current initiatives, and access tools and resources to support your work.