• Photo of the California Academy of Sciences building
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  • Gouldian finches in the Color of Life exhibit
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  • The BigPicture exhibit
  • 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
October 4th at 10:00 am

A special members-only tasting of our Fall menu at The Terrace. Free, select samples for members only.

For Members
October 4th at 10:15 am

Join our biologists for a live feeding of our albino alligator and find out what he eats for breakfast.

October 5th 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.

October 5th at 12:40 pm

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

October 5th at 7:30 pm

Pluto is not alone: Dr. Mike Brown shares new discoveries of numerous "dwarf planets" in the outer solar system.

October 8th at 6:00 pm

Explore the science of movement with the the world-renowned Alonzo King LINES Ballet!

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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