55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of Oct. 3–5. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

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, September 25, 6–10 pm
NightLife takes a look at dynamic diseases that have shaped the world we live in.
October Member Appreciation Month
Become an Academy member and receive free general admission ticket(s)!
Through November 2
Join us for the Academy’s first major exhibition of wildlife photography.
Saturday, September 27, at 2 pm
Learn the skills and tools for studying lizards with herpetologist Ed Stanley.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 pm
The Pritzker lecture series welcomes science writer Thomas Goetz.
Sundays at 2:00 pm
September’s skill is Eclipses on the Horizon—be prepared for October eclipses!
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
Blue Whales Rebounding
New study finds protections of California blue whale populations are paying off.
New Khan Academy Course
Explore our latest, free-for-everyone biodiversity course—available worldwide.
Shop our Skulls Merchandise
Fill your cranium with gift ideas from our exclusive online store!
Hearing is Believing
Two studies shed new light on bats’ sophisticated echolocation.
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.
African Elephants in Trouble
A new study finds that poaching has pushed both species to the brink.
The Philippines
Learn about our work in the Philippines, and how you can support typhoon victims.
2013 Perspectives
Learn more about the Academy’s past, present, and exciting plans for the future.
Explosions, Bullies, and Zombies
New research may have uncovered the source of a supernova.
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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