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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

July 6th 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.

July 6th 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.

July 6th at 11:30 am

Dig into the myths and hidden meanings behind the color spectrum.

For Kids
July 6th at 1:30 pm

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

July 6th at 7:30 pm

Space is far from an empty vacuum, and forces are continuously at work creating new stars and suns.

July 9th at 6:00 pm

A NightLife LIVE summer music series event with performances by The Dodos and Doe Eye, presented by Popscene SF.

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.