• Photo of the California Academy of Sciences building
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  • 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
April 2nd at 9:30 am

Be one of the first to see our brand-new exhibition exploring the biology and cultural significance of whales.

April 2nd at 6:00 pm

Get ready for film screenings, filmmaker talks, and cinematic surprises with the SF International Film Festival.

For Kids
April 3rd at 1:30 pm

Meet some of the Academy’s most spectacular residents and learn about their surprising survival adaptations.

April 6th at 7:30 pm

Learn what Hubble ST has taught us about the formation of stars and planets in our Galactic neighborhood.

For Adults
April 8th at 7:30 pm

If you can change your brain, you can change your life and neuroscience is showing the scientific evidence.

For Kids
April 10th at 6:00 pm

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

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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