Check out our current exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures. From frolicking penguins and out-of-this-world planetarium shows to scientist chats, nature crafts, and sleepovers, there's plenty to explore.

New & Featured

Incoming!

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Chelyabinsk meteor Image Credit: California Academy of Sciences Visualization StudioChelyabinsk. Image

Our newest planetarium show explores asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins.

Holiday Bazaar NightLife

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Poinsettia photo; Holiday Bazaar NightLife
December 8 at 6:00 pm

’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.

Holiday Nights at the Academy

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December 6 at 6:30 pm
December 13 at 6:30 pm

Celebrate the holidays with a twist of science at our special family-friendly member nights.

Iconic Exhibits

Morrison Planetarium

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A crowd listens to a planetarium presented inside the vast, all-digital dome of Morrison Planetarium.

Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.

Osher Rainforest

Madagascar Day Gecko
Birds of the Rainforest
Rainforest

Step inside a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life from the world's richest tropical regions.

Steinhart Aquarium

Jellyfish
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Sea Dragon

Dive into one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.

Find an Event

Programs

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Programs

Our daily hands-on and interactive programs offer something for everyone.

Tours and Specialty Programs

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Collections tour

Enjoy an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the Academy’s exhibits, live animals, and research endeavors.

Ongoing Exhibits

Color of Life

Color of Life
Beetle
Gouldian Finch
Madagascar Grasshopper
Color of Life

In nature, color is so much more than just décor.

Living Roof

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The Living Roof

Our living roof is more than beautiful—it's the heart of the Academy.

Tusher African Hall

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Visitors wander through African Hall, filled with dioramas on both sides and an African penguin colony at the far end.

Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.

Human Odyssey

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Visitors explore the Human Odyssey exhibit.

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.

The Swamp

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Claude the albino alligator sits on his rock in the Academy's Swamp exhibit

Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.

Philippine Coral Reef

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Philippine Coral Reef

Where reef fish dart through forests of coral while sharks and rays sail under your feet.

Water Planet

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The Water Planet exhibit's blue glow creates a beautiful place for exploring watery adaptations.

Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.

California Coast

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Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Animal Attraction

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A pair of colorful file fish welcome visitors to the Animal Attraction exhibit.

Explore some of the animal kingdom's most outrageous (and successful) strategies for meeting and mating.

Project Lab

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Researchers work in the Project Lab while Academy visitors look on.

Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.

Hands-on Exhibits

Naturalist Center

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A visitor inspecting the Naturalist Center cabinets filled with specimens, books, and more.

Get hands-on at the Naturalist Center with real specimens, hundreds of books and films, and interactive games.

Early Explorers Cove

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Young children play aboard a pint-sized replica of the H.M.S. Academy.

The perfect combination of play space, reading room, and activities area for our smallest visitors.

Discovery Tidepool

Discovery Tidepool
Discovery Tidepool

Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.

Fancy Fish

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