• Photo of the California Academy of Sciences building
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  • Coming soon: Tis the Season for Science
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  • Gouldian finches in the Color of Life exhibit
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  • Whales, Giants of the Deep. Now showing in the forum.
  • Habitat Earth. Living in a connected world.
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  • Earthquake
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  • Rainforests of the World. Some of Earth’s most precious resources—right at your fingertips
  • Dive into the Aquarium. 38,000 live animals, 900 species, one of the most biodiverse aquariums in the world.

Look Who You Might Run Into

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

Creature Closeups Gallery


Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

For Members
November 24th at 8:30 am

Be one of the first to explore 'Tis the Season for Science, our festive holiday exhibit.

November 24th at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm

Meet our African penguin colony and get your questions answered by one of our Academy biologists.

November 24th at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm

Watch as a diver suits up in scuba gear and plunges into one of the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibits.

November 24th at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

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

November 24th at 12:40 pm

Infrared light allows us to explore the invisible universe like never before.

November 24th at 3:30 pm

Learn more about Claude, our albino American Alligator, and other fascinating inhabitants of the swamp.

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


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