• Photo of the California Academy of Sciences building
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  • Coming soon: Tis the Season for Science
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  • Gouldian finches in the Color of Life exhibit
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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

November 28th at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm

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

November 28th 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.

November 28th at 12:00 pm

Sidle up to the Academy's special holiday visitors and discover why they're called "Nomads of the North."

December 3rd at 6:00 pm

Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

For Adults
December 8th at 7:00 pm

All human cultures process food, a feature that makes us unique among species. Why might it threaten our health?

For Members
December 9th at 6:30 pm

Celebrate the holidays with a twist of science!

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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