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

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

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Extended! ’Tis the Season for Science

January 3, 2011


The northern lights

The holidays may be over, but the winter wonder continues at the Academy—enjoy indoor snow flurries, an igloo theater, and Arctic decor through February 27, 2011. In addition, join us for the following wintry programs:


  • Polar Perspectives
    Daily in the Piazza
    Step into the igloo presentation dome for a glimpse of the stark, vast beauty of the North Pole.
  • Polar Jeopardy
    Mon-Fri at 11:00 am, Sat-Sun at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm in the Piazza
    Think you know a thing or two about polar bears, emperor penguins, and the northern lights? Challenge yourself in this interactive game show.
  • Live Snake Program
    Daily at 1:00 pm in the Piazza
    Meet slithering, “cold-blooded” snakes and learn about their amazing attributes.
  • Family Nature Crafts
    Sundays at 11:00 am
    Get creative with winter- and nature-themed craft projects designed for families with children ages 4 to 8.
  • “Chill Out” with an Academy Scientist
    January 12, 26, February 9, 23 at 1:30 pm in the Piazza
    Meet Academy scientists who study plants, animals, and climate change in some of the planet’s coldest environments.

Get more details on the Wintry Events page.
Arctic imagery by Subhankar Banerjee

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