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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

April 24th at 11:00 am

Join an exciting, on-stage whale rescue based on the real-life experiences of local marine mammal heroes.

April 24th at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm

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

For Kids
April 24th at 1:30 pm

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

April 25th at 10:00 am

Astronomy Day gives amateur and professional astronomers an opportunity to share their love of stargazing.

April 25th at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm

NASA's New Horizons science team present a dynamic and richly-illustrated overview of its mission to Pluto.

For Members
April 26th at 10:30 am

Join a planetarium presenter for a live update highlighting news from recent robotic space missions.

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.