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

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.

Earthquake is now open!

May 25, 2012


Shake House

In the Academy’s brand new Earthquake exhibit, delve into the science behind our dynamic planet with:

  • a walk-in “shake house” that simulates the 1906 and 1989 San Francisco earthquakes
  • live baby ostriches (yes, there’s a surprising connection between earthquakes and ostriches!)
  • a 25-foot-diameter model of Earth featuring rock and mineral specimens
  • an interactive preparedness area…and much more.


Concurrently, a new Earthquake planetarium show, narrated by Benjamin Bratt, will launch you on a breathtaking tour over and into our restless planet. Watch the trailer:


See some early reviews of Earthquake in:

To learn more about Earthquake, visit www.calacademy.org/earthquake.
ostrich chickswalk-through Earth

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