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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

December 19th at 9:30 am

Revel in the wonder of the Academy's annual holiday exhibit, showcasing the science behind this festive season.

December 19th at 1:00 pm

Learn about the winter survival strategies of whales and other animals in this game-show-style trivia contest.

December 20th at 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:45 pm

How did life on Earth begin? Discover the incredible cosmic roots of the human pedigree!

December 23rd at 1:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating adaptations of rays, sharks, and other ocean cruisers.

December 29th at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm

Join in sea shanties with San Francisco's sustainable seafood foraging expert, Kirk Lombard.

For Kids
January 17th at 6:00 pm

Listen to the evening songs of rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star.

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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

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