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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

January 29th at 1:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating adaptations of rays, sharks, and other ocean cruisers.

January 29th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.

February 7th at 10:00 am

Create your own sensors that can detect temperature, movement, humidity and more!

For Kids
February 20th at 6:00 pm

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

For Adults
April 29th at 7:30 pm

Known as the "Father of the Internet," Vinton Cerf is the co-designer of the basic architecture of the Internet.

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    Academy Expeditions

    We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).

    2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

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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