• 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

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

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

October 6th 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 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.

October 6th at 12:40 pm

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

October 8th at 6:00 pm

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

For Members
October 18th at 10:15 am

Watch as blacktip reef and bamboo sharks gather around for a lively, biologist-led feeding.

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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