55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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Let the Wonder Begin

Every skull tells a story. Discover the clues skulls hold in this revealing new exhibit. Learn more
Dark Universe
Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy. Learn more
Human Odyssey
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in a dramatic addition to Tusher African Hall. Learn more
Earthquakes Happen
Explore the jolting science behind plate tectonics, which shape the planet and impact our lives. Learn more
The Aquarium
Find Nemo inside the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit, and meet nearly 40,000 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
The Planetarium
Fly through space and time, and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home. Learn more
The Rainforest
Journey through a four-story rainforest that is hot, humid, and teeming with life. Learn more
Programs & Events
Thursday, July 24, 6–10 pm
NightLife salutes the time-tested art and science of collecting.
Opening August 1, 2014
Join us for the Academy’s first major exhibition of wildlife photography.
Saturday, July 26, at 3 pm
Have a burning science question? Ask a real Academy scientist!
Daily, in the Naturalist Center
Explore a ten-case display curated by Academy Field Associate "Bones" Bandar.
Monday, August 4, 7:30 pm
The Benjamin Dean lecture series welcomes Dr. Jason Kalirai.
Sundays at 2:00 pm
Learn how to sketch and record like a scientist with July’s skill: Observation Basics.
Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver plunges into the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit.
Three times daily
Get an insider’s perspective on Academy research, Collections, and animal care.
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Learn about our shallow reef residents’ family tree, and watch a feeding.
News & Highlights
Plants in Serpentine
Botany curator Dylan Burge discusses California’s toughest plants.
2013 Perspectives
Learn more about the Academy’s past, present, and exciting plans for the future.
Shop our Skulls Merchandise
Fill your cranium with gift ideas from our exclusive online store!
Love Gets a Boost
Mientien frogs are using storm drains to amplify mating calls.
Expedition Blog
Hear from scientists, divers, and educators on our largest expedition ever.
Live Streaming
Watch our penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams.
Diving Devil Rays
New research tracks devil rays to depths of up to 2 kilometers.
The Philippines
Learn about our work in the Philippines, and how you can support typhoon victims.
New Khan Academy Course
Explore our latest, free-for-everyone biodiversity course—available worldwide.
Fish-Eating Spiders
A behavior once thought rare is found in spiders around the world.
Plan Your View of the Night Sky
Never miss another moon phase with our downloadable, foldable almanac.
Sea Slug Savant
Get to know Terry Gosliner, Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology.
Our Mission
The Academy is driven by a mission to Explore, Explain, and Sustain Life.
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