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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.

Last Weeks for Cosmic Collisions!

January 17, 2014

As the month of January winds down, so too do opportunities to see the Morrison Planetarium show Cosmic Collisions, known for what the New York Times described as its “palpable” realism in depicting the ways in which collisions—between everything from spiral galaxies to protons inside the Sun—shaped the Universe we know today. Narrated by Robert Redford, the film encompasses some of the most spectacular footage ever seen on a dome, from the ethereal beauty of an electrical storm to the violent planetary sideswipe that formed our moon. Cosmic Collisions shows daily through the next two weeks, closing Thursday, January 30, to make room for Dark Universe. Catch it before it’s gone!

View showtimes for Cosmic Collisions

Learn more about Dark Universe

’Tis the Season for Science—Today Through January 5

December 18, 2013

The Academy’s annual holiday exhibit gives visitors a sleigh-full of ways to celebrate the festive winter season. Meet Willow and Yukon—two full-grown reindeer currently visiting the Academy—and learn more about reindeer antlers, fur, vision, and locomotion at four interactive discovery stations. Step inside the giant Snowman Theater for Roaming with Reindeer, a kid-friendly show that dives deeper into the amazing adaptations that help reindeer thrive in harsh Arctic conditions. Take a break in the Piazza for holiday performances by local musicians, where “snow” magically falls twice every hour. Last but certainly not least, keep an eye out for daily appearances of “Scuba Santa” (Dec. 19–24) as well as special appearances by the one and only “Santa Claude.” For details and daily schedules, please visit
‘Tis the Season for Science—Holidays 2013.

Happy 90th Anniversary, Steinhart Aquarium!

September 20, 2013

Child and Ray from LoveLife Photo Contest

Reaching the glorious age of 90 is no mean feat, as our beloved Steinhart Aquarium could certainly attest. Since opening its doors on September 29, 1923, the Aquarium has survived a major earthquake, been housed in three separate buildings and hosted tens of thousands of fascinating creatures. In its most recent iteration—five years old this month—Steinhart Aquarium is continuing the tradition of bringing a world of biodiversity to Golden Gate Park, and extending the reach of the Academy’s educational and conservation programs far beyond its walls.


Join us in celebrating the Aquarium’s storied past, its stunning present and its promising future with these and other programs and collections.


#Steinhart90 Photo Contest

#Steinhart90 Photo Contest

Share your favorite Steinhart memories for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour and limited-edition memorabilia! The entry with the most votes wins. Enter your photos at http://bit.ly/steinhart90 or on Instagram tagged with #Steinhart90.
Submission period: September 16–30
Voting period: October 1–6


Meyer Fish Roundabout, Steinhart Aquarium, 1983

A Very Fish Tale

Explore the Naturalist Center‘s special exhibit of archival materials and memorabilia from Steinhart Aquarium’s rich history. Six cases of specimens and artifacts feature such items as an original invitation to the Aquarium’s grand opening and eggs from our African penguin colony, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Books, photographs, and recently digitized episodes of the Academy’s television series, Science in Action, are also on display. You can discover additional specimens and memorabilia downstairs near the Swamp Gallery, including a two-headed gopher snake and historical tiles and vintage posters from Steinhart’s days gone by.


Science in Action television series

Steinhart Aquarium: Then and Now

Watch vintage episodes like “Monsters of the Deep” from the Academy’s 1960’s TV series, Science in Action, then submit your questions in YouTube’s comments section. During a special program on September 25 at 2:00 pm PST, shark expert John McCosker will answer viewer questions and provide commentary about the making of this groundbreaking show. If you can’t make it to the museum to see the live program in person, tune in online at http://www.ustream.tv/calacademy.

Find many more videos featuring the Academy’s fascinating animals and staff in this Aquarium playlist.


NightLife’s Salute to Steinhart

On September 26, NightLife travels back in time to the Roaring 20s in honor of the Aquarium’s 90th anniversary. Old-timey cocktails and the vintage vinyl stylings of DJ Tanoa set the mood, while African Hall transforms into a swinging speakeasy with swing dancing lessons from Lindy in the Park. Don’t miss a live performance from gypsy jazz band 29th Street Swingtet.


Anniversary Day is Free

Celebrate the big day, September 29, with free admission to the Academy as well as a special Connect with a Scientist program featuring shark expert and former Aquarium Director John McCosker discussing the Aquarium’s rich history.

Seven Ways to Celebrate Shark Week, August 4-11

July 29, 2013

blacktip reef sharkEnjoy shark-themed activities and specimens all week long as the Academy honors the sleek, tough-skinned and threatened fish which fascinate us so.

1. Catch a shark and ray feeding at the Mangrove Lagoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30. Or keep tabs on the animals 24/7 from anywhere through our new HD Shark Lagoon cam.

2. Visit the Naturalist Center and enjoy shark specimens, as well as shark-themed books, games, videos, and an exclusive pelagic thresher coloring sheet!

3. Parents, bring your youngsters ages five and under to Early Explorers Cove for a variety of age-appropriate shark activities and props including plush sharks, shark models, books, and games.

4. Take part in a “Shark & Seek” scavenger hunt. Can you find all six species of sharks swimming around the Academy?

5. Take a selfie with the mako shark in our Built for Speed exhibit. Be sure to share it on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #MakoSharkSelfie.

6. Join the conversation on social media and share some shark love. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

7. Learn about the importance of shark conservation from the perspective of John McCosker, Senior Scientist and Chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology:

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