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From speedy ocean animals to the world’s fastest sailboats, find out what it takes to be swift at sea. Learn more
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in a dramatic addition to Tusher African Hall. Learn more
Explore the jolting science behind plate tectonics, which shape the planet and impact our lives. Learn more
Meet Nemo, a colony of penguins, and 38,000 other live animals from around the world. Learn more
The Natural History Museum
Explore how life evolved on Earth, and what we can do to help conserve its diversity. Learn more
Fly through space and time, and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home. Learn more
Programs & Events
Thursdays from 6–10 pm
Enjoy music, creatures & cocktails after-hours with a unique weekly theme.
Daily at 12:00 pm
Experience life beneath the waves, where rockfish, leopard sharks & urchins abound.
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm
Meet Academy scientists exploring and sustaining biodiversity around the globe.
Daily at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm
Meet our African Penguin colony, and ask a biologist your questions.
Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver plunges into the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit.
Wednesdays at 9:45 am
Join hands-on activities, stories & crafts with rotating themes (ages 3–5).
Daily at 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Get moving and discover how fish use their bodies to swim through water.
Saturdays and Sundays
From Apollo to asteroids, learn about the fastest things moving through space.
Dive deeper with exclusive access to the aquarium or research collections.
Hear from noted experts in astronomy and space science.
May 25 at 10:00 am
Girl Scout Juniors, register now to participate and earn your eco-wise patch.
Prepare for a wild night! Join a Penguins + Pajamas sleepover, for ages 5+.
News & Highlights
Meeting an Urgent Challenge
Explore the Academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability.
Our Orca Story
Discover how a juvenile orca, known to scientists as O319, came to the Academy.
Welcome, baby Linus!
Linus is named for Linnæus, who described the African penguin species in 1758.
See visually stunning pictures and other highlights from this year’s contest.
Sea Lion Strandings
The Marine Mammal Center aids statewide efforts to rescue stranded sea lion pups.
How would you stem the tide of plastic trash in the ocean? Share your ideas!
An online database helps scientists research the evolutionary tree of life.
Int’l Endangered Species Day
Explore the link between climate change and preventing the loss of Earth’s species.
Retrace humanity’s path from our African origins to our spread across the globe.
This spring, appreciate colorful blooms with our online herbarium.
Watch our live penguin cam, now on BlackBerry 10 and other mobile devices.
3D Digitizing Project
See the unique beauty of the world’s ant species, compiled by Academy scientists.