55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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California Coast

California Coast offers stunning views of the spectacular underwater ecosystems in our very own backyard, from kelp forests filled with leopard sharks and wolf eels to rocky reefs blanketed in vibrant pink anemones and colorful corals.

Northern California Coast

100,000-gallon reef tank

This 100,000-gallon tank replicates habitats of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, from quiet salt marshes to turbulent rocky inlets. A walkway along the surface allows visitors to smell the seawater and witness the filling and draining of tide pools as waves spill onto a small beach. Down on the aquarium level, an enormous window reveals the underwater haunts of eels, anemones, sea stars, rockfish, herring, sardines, urchins, and more, all buffeted by a specially created wave-surge system that replicates the sanctuary’s strong, nutrient-rich ocean currents.

Rocky Reefs

Corals and starfish in the Rocky Reef tank

Our latest addition to the California Coast exhibit is an astoundingly colorful, 2,000 gallon tank filled with vibrant brittle stars, painted greenlings, and rosy rockfish, giving visitors a glimpse into the vast array of fish and invertebrates that thrive in California’s National Marine Sanctuaries. A series of jewel tanks highlight some of the area’s most fascinating marine creatures, and interactive displays illustrate the migration pathways of sea turtles, humpback whales, and sharks that pass through these rich marine habitats. At the Citizen Science station, visitors can contribute to an ongoing Academy research project—and learn more about how to protect California's vibrant and vital coastal ecosystems.

Discovery Tidepool

Children handling tidepool inhabitants at the Discobery Tidepool exhibit

Touch and examine a variety of ocean creatures at the Discovery Tidepool, where Steinhart Aquarium biologists and docents help visitors of all ages interact with and learn about starfish, sea urchins, and other creatures native to the California coastline. Special magnifying cameras are also available, encouraging an unusually close look at tidepool residents.

And More

Pacific Octopus

Don’t miss our giant Pacific octopus, the enormous sea bass and halibut in the Tank of Giants, and the Southern California Kelp Forest, housing colorful Garibaldis and other fish that glide through strands of giant kelp.

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Steinhart Aquarium


At 25-feet-deep—and holding 212,000 gallons of water—the Academy’s Philippine Coral Reef exhibit is one of the deepest indoor displays of live corals in the world.

Support Philippine
Typhoon Victims


The Academy remains committed to supporting victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November 2013. If you'd like to join us in supporting those affected by the storm, please consider making a donation to one of the following organizations:



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Academy members enjoy a full year of unlimited admission, reserved Planetarium passes, access to special events, Academy discounts, and more!

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