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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

Jellyfish

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

February 6th at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm

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

February 6th 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.

February 6th at 3:30 pm

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

February 8th at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm

Travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life.

February 11th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the science behind the things that make us blush at this special Valentine’s Day edition of NightLife.

February 15th at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm

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

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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