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.

There are no notifications at this time.

What's New at the Academy 

No two visits to the Academy are the same. Check this page regularly for announcements of new exhibits, attractions, special events, and other updates.

Celebrate World Oceans Day, June 8, at the Academy!

June 5, 2014

We celebrate Earth’s oceans every day at the Academy—from the nearly 40,000 animals in Steinhart Aquarium’s living collections to our 2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition—but on June 8, we’re celebrating World Oceans Day with the entire planet. It’s an event that recognizes not just how oceans connect us all, but that each of us has the power to help protect them.

To kick off the celebration, we’re unveiling the expansion of our California Coast exhibit, which includes the new 2,000-gallon “Rocky Reefs” tank, showcasing the vibrant communities (made up of pink anemones, colorful corals, brittle stars, painted greenlings, rosy rockfish and more) that thrive within California’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Interactives allow you to explore the migration pathways of sea turtles, sharks, and other long-distance travelers, all of which cross through California’s sanctuaries, and to learn more about why the Academy’s Citizen Science projects need your help to protect our vital coastal ecosystems. Upstairs on the public floor, a whole host of public programs invite you to dive right in to ocean-related science; find the full list on our World Oceans Day event page.

Can’t wait for the celebrations to begin? Our resident shark expert, Dr. John McCosker (Chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology) recommends watching FINconceivabe: What Happens When Sharks Disappear?. Our live webcams provide another trio of amazing ocean views, from the Shark Lagoon and Philippines Coral Reef cams—which highlight some of the most biodiverse (and threatened) ocean areas on Earth—to the Penguin Cam, which broadcasts the preening, head-shaking, and other common behaviors of our African Penguins, a Species Survival Plan colony that helps to ensure the long-term survival of this endangered species.

So come celebrate World Oceans Day with us! And for those who can’t make it, we recommend checking out the World Oceans Day website, packed with ideas about how you can make a difference no matter where you are.

Explore Our 2013 Annual Report—Now Online

May 19, 2014

What served 1.5 million visitors, described 90 new species, amazed 150,000 field-tripping school kids, welcomed 836 new aquarium residents born through captive breeding programs, and hosted 1,200 visiting scientists in some of the world’s largest research Collections? The California Academy of Sciences—in 2013 alone.

As remarkable as those numbers are, they’re also only the beginning of our 2013 story. Our just-released 2013 Annual Report invites you explore where we’re going, where we’ve been, and what impacts we’ve been able to have on people, places, and environmental issues around the world. Learn how our chief stewards see the future in their Welcome Letter, get a range of perspectives from members of the Academy’s extended family and partners, and see how we’re planning for the Academy’s future goals with a look at our Financials.

To quote John C. Atwater, Chairman of our Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Greg Farrington, “The mission of the Academy—to explore, explain, and sustain life—is more fascinating and urgent than ever. We’ve come a long way since moving into our reinvented Golden Gate Park home—a home built to deliver the message that sustaining life on Earth is everyone’s responsibility. In the years ahead, the Academy will take that message to an ever wider audience … through some of the most innovative and accessible science programming and outreach on the planet.”

To read the full report, click here.

Great Habits Earn Ticket Discounts for Earth Day, April 22–May 4

April 1, 2014

For the greenest museum on the planet, one Earth Day just isn’t enough—so we’re taking two weeks to celebrate! Bring a reuseable water bottle to the Academy from Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, May 4, and we’ll say thanks (thanks for chipping away at the 30 million water bottles Americans throw away each day) by taking $3 off general admission*.

Once inside, jump into the Academy’s work to explore, explain, and sustain life, and learn what “citizen scientists” can do to join those efforts. Enjoy daily programs such as dive shows, penguin feedings, and chats with real scientists, and join us April 22 at 10:30 a.m. for “Oceans MOVE,” an interactive dance performance by USF’s Dance Generators.

For a full schedule of our Earth Day Celebration programs and events, please visit www.calacademy.org/events. And should you get thirsty while here, just head for one of our permanent water bottle filling stations, which have already helped visitors save more than 40,000 plastic bottles from landfills.

Happy Earth Day Weeks!

*Please note, restrictions apply: Present the reusable water bottle or cup at the Academy’s ticket window. Valid on daytime general admission ticket only; one bottle and discount per person. Offer must be redeemed on-site at time of ticket purchase. Offer not valid for online or advance tickets, NightLife, or special events. Cannot be combined with other offers and discounts. Offer valid through 5/4/14.

One Evening, Two Huge Parties—Big Bang Arrives April 24!

March 25, 2014

One of San Francisco’s most extraordinary annual bashes is also the perfect opportunity to dress up, dance, learn, nosh, and support the Academy’s mission in style—all in the name of science! And with not one but two Big Bang events—the Big Bang Gala and the Big Bang Party After Dark—revelers can choose from two very different flavors of fundraiser.

This year’s Big Bang Gala celebrates exploration and the pioneering spirit—the very fuel that sustains the Academy’s mission to “Explore, Explain, and Sustain life.” Culminating in a seated dinner with Academy Explorers and breakthrough thinkers and scientists, it’s an evening of inspired entertainment and dining that recognizes the Academy’s most generous friends.

Party After Dark, meanwhile, is a party so large it spills across the Academy’s multiple indoor and outdoor venues. Attendees can kick off their heels for some super-luxe camping and hot toddies in the East Garden, or grab an icy cocktail and head inside for live DJ sets by Ra Ra Riot and Youngblood Hawke. Add in food trucks, photo booths, and a Silent Disco in African Hall, and you’ve got the broad strokes of an unforgettable evening.

For tickets and additional details, please visit our Big Bang event page.

Next Page »

Purchase Online


Buy Tickets Become a Member

Fly on the Wall



Get behind-the-scenes reports and quirky Academy news in the Fly on the Wall blog.

Email Updates


Keep abreast of Academy exhibits, events, and news. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

e-news Subscribe to eNews




Retrofit your imagination on a seismic journey into the dynamic forces that change our world, shape our planet, and change our culture. Don’t miss this all-new floor exhibit and planetarium show.



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

Learn more

Join Renew Give as a Gift