• 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 25th at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm

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

November 25th 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 25th 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.

November 25th at 1:00 pm

Learn about the winter survival strategies of whales and other animals in this game-show-style trivia contest.

November 25th at 3:30 pm

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

November 27th 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


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