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  • Visit the deepest Coral Reef tank in the world!
  • Osher Rainforest

Look Who You Might Run Into

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

Creature Closeups Gallery

Pierre the penguin

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

October 24th at 5:00pm, 6:30pm

Grab your costume and have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy!

For Members
October 26th at 10:15am

Watch as blacktip reef and bamboo sharks gather around for a lively, biologist-led feeding.

October 30th at 6:00pm

Come in costume & see a drag show with hostess of horror Peaches Christ! Presented by Bay Area Science Festival

For Kids
November 6th at 9:45am

Toddlers and their caregivers learn about new animals during hands-on activities.

For Adults
November 6th at 7:30pm

Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life.

For Kids
November 8th at 10:00am

Jump into the driver’s seat on Nov. 8 and 15 for two jam-packed days of gaming—with a twist!

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    Academy Expeditions

    We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).

    2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

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

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