55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

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.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of Oct. 3–5. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

    • Membership Appreciation Month

      Special Membership Offer

      Join today! Become an Academy member and receive FREE Behind-the-Scenes Tour ticket(s). Plus, enjoy additional member savings, events and more this month!

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    • Human Odyssey at the California Academy of Sciences

      Human Odyssey

      Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in a dramatic new addition to Tusher African Hall.

      Learn more

    • Penguins+Pajamas, Academy sleepovers, Natural History Museum, African Hall, penguins, Bay Area family events

      Academy Sleepovers

      Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out for a night at the Academy and see the museum in a whole new light.

      Learn more

    • Life on a Dynamic Planet, California Academy of Sciences, Earthquake exhibit, Shake House, the great quake, prepare to move

      Earthquake Exhibit

      Get ready for a kinetic journey into the world of seismic phenomena with Earthquake.

      Learn more

    • NightLife DJ, NighLife at the Academy, Rainforest, California Academy of Sciences

      NightLife 2014

      Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors to adults 21 and over. Mingle, dance, drink, listen and explore the exhibits from 6 pm to 10 pm.

      Thursday Nights

    • silver jewelry

      Evolving Traditions

      Explore this exhibit featuring Native American pottery and silver jewelry.

      Learn more

    • Animal Attraction fish

      Animal Attraction

      Come explore this new aquarium gallery that highlights the diverse mating strategies in the animal kingdom.

      Learn more

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Calendar Events

  • All Day
    • Naturalist Center

      Naturalist Center

      Follow your curiosity to the Naturalist Center! Explore an animal skull or pelt up-close, solve a puzzle, do a scavenger hunt, play a game, watch a nature video, sketch a skeleton, ask questions, and more. Located on Level 3, across from the Planetarium exit. Hours: Sat & Sun 10AM - 5PM, M-F 11AM - 5PM 

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    • Junior Scientist Adventure, generously supported by Oracle

      Information

      Become a scientist for a day by checking out a field science backpack full of tools and activities to guide your exploration. FREE with admission. Backpacks are distributed until 4 PM on a first come, first served basis.

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  • 9:30 AM
    • Museum Opens

      Admission includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof. Admission to this popular Bay Area attraction includes a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks and more.
  • 9:45 AM
    • Toddler Treks

      Early Explorers Cove

      Toddler Treks is a hands-on program for our youngest learners, children ages 18-36 months. Toddlers and their caregivers participate together during fun group activities and exhibit tours with a different animal theme each month.

      This month - Stingray Trek: Join us for some fishy fun! Listen to a stingray story, make waves during group parachute play, examine real ray teeth, make a spotted ray craft, and trek together to find the Academy's rays.

      Reservations: Space is limited. Reservations and a fee are required: $5 per member child; $7 per non-member child; free to attending adults with general admission. Museum general admission is free for children 3 and under. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 415-379-8000.

      Please note that programs within each month are identical, so participants should register for only one date per month. Pre-registered guests meet at the pendulum for check-in at 9:40am.

      Buy Tickets

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  • 10:30 AM
    • Junior Scientist Adventure: Live Science Experience

      Information

      Ever wonder what science looks like and how it’s done? Put on your thinking caps and check out live science experiments in action. How can you make oil and water dance? Find out the answer to this and more during interactive activities that encourage questions, guesses and fun! 

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    • Penguin Feeding

      African Hall
      Meet our African Penguin colony while an Academy biologist feeds them and answers your questions.
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    • Planetarium School Show (By Reservation Only)

      Planetarium

      Shows tailored for students ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade and accommodating state science standards are available on a reservation-only basis.  For more information, please visit the Teacher's Lounge at the Academy website (http://www.calacademy.org/teachers/).

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  • 11:00 AM
    • Ocean Action: The Power of pH!

      Project Lab

      Have you ever wondered what sea shells, the ocean, and our atmosphere have in common? Come find out at this fun, experiment-based program as we explore the ocean and its special chemistry. Learn about the simple steps you can take to help keep oceans and the marine animals that live in them healthy. 

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  • 11:30 AM
    • Mystery Skull Theater

      Piazza

      Become a skull science sleuth during this exciting, interactive theater program. Follow a colorful character and use clues to investigate the fascinating mystery of a skull. Take a closer look at teeth and jaws to learn how these animals once lived, what they ate, and more.

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    • Coral Reef Dive

      Coral Reef Exhibit
      Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions.
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    • Planetarium Show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations.

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  • 12:00 PM
    • Pollinator Power

      Living Roof

      Join us atop the Academy’s living roof to explore the fascinating lives of pollinators including birds, bats and bees. As these animals buzz, swoop and fly through the air, they are helping to keep California one of the most diverse places on earth.  Here at the Academy, researchers and gardeners work to maintain a living roof of entirely native plants—come find out how this helps keep pollinators healthy!

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  • 12:30 PM
    • Pollinator Power

      Living Roof

      Join us atop the Academy’s living roof to explore the fascinating lives of pollinators including birds, bats and bees. As these animals buzz, swoop and fly through the air, they are helping to keep California one of the most diverse places on earth.  Here at the Academy, researchers and gardeners work to maintain a living roof of entirely native plants—come find out how this helps keep pollinators healthy!

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    • Planetarium show - Life: A Cosmic Story

      Planetarium

      How did life on Earth begin?  Take a high-speed tour of key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  Starting with the first stars and ending with the tremendous biological diversity on Earth today, Life will show audiences that the human pedigree is actually 13.8 billion years in the making.  Winner of Best Fulldome Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and narrated by Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster.

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations.

  • 12:40 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: Science of the Sun: Solar Eclipse

      Planetarium Entrance

      Explore the science behind one of nature’s most spectacular events - a solar eclipse. How have people perceived these events through time? Why do they occur? How can it be safely viewed? Learn all these answers and prepare for the partial solar eclipse of October 23 in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters.

  • 1:00 PM
    • Wild California: Claws, Skulls and More!

      Piazza

      Feel real fur, compare your hand to a Grizzly bear paw print, and see skull replicas up close as you learn about California’s biodiversity and ways you can help protect the amazing animals that are found here. 

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  • 1:30 PM
    • Sea Cruisers: Rays and Their Relatives

      Reef Lagoon

      Meet an Academy biologist and see rays glide beneath your feet. Explore the fascinating adaptations of these ocean cruisers and their relatives, and learn about what you can do to keep their ocean homes healthy and blue. 

       

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    • Planetarium Show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations.

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  • 2:15 PM
    • Quest for Curiosities

      Naturalist Center

      Have you discovered the Naturalist Center? This hands-on space is where nature’s curiosities abound! From a real dinosaur leg bone to great white shark jaws, the Naturalist Center has thousands of natural history specimens. Join a Guide everyday at 2:15 PM for an illuminating quest for the curiosities of the Naturalist Center! 

      Free with Academy admission.  Naturalist Center: Level 3, across from the Planetarium exit

       

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  • 2:30 PM
    • Coral Reef Dive

      Coral Reef Exhibit
      Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions.
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    • Planetarium show - Life: A Cosmic Story

      Planetarium

      How did life on Earth begin?  Take a high-speed tour of key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  Starting with the first stars and ending with the tremendous biological diversity on Earth today, Life will show audiences that the human pedigree is actually 13.8 billion years in the making.  Winner of Best Fulldome Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and narrated by Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster.

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations.

  • 3:00 PM
    • Penguin Feeding

      African Hall
      Meet our African Penguin colony while an Academy biologist feeds them and answers your questions.
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  • 3:30 PM
    • Planetarium Show - Dark Universe

      Planetarium

      Nearly everything we know about the Universe has changed: Galaxies are held together by a substance we can’t see, and a force strong enough to counteract gravity is at work in the dark in-betweens. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to deep space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring never-before-seen visualizations of the invisible matter and forces at work in our Universe. Written by best-selling author Timothy Ferris and narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive our pursuit of the unknown.

      Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations.

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  • 4:30 PM
    • Planetarium show - Life: A Cosmic Story

      Planetarium

      How did life on Earth begin?  Take a high-speed tour of key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  Starting with the first stars and ending with the tremendous biological diversity on Earth today, Life will show audiences that the human pedigree is actually 13.8 billion years in the making.  Winner of Best Fulldome Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and narrated by Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster.

      Due to limited seating, show passes are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis—please visit the cart at the planetarium's entrance to pick up your tickets. Our schedule is subject to change, so it's a great idea to confirm your preferred showtime on the day of your visit. Note: Shows may not be appropriate for children 6 and younger, and we regret that we cannot welcome anyone under 4. School and youth groups are required to make advance reservations.

  • 5:00 PM
    • Museum Closes

      Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

Night

  • 6:00 PM
    • Dance Party NightLife | Oct. 2, 6-10 pm | 21+

       

      What better way to kick off the month of October than with a colorful, global dance party inside the greenest museum on the planet? Grab a partner—or a few—and head to NightLife for a museum-wide dance-a-thon. From belly dancing to vogue-ing to barn-style contra dancing and salsa—the world of movement is your oyster during this one-night-only rhythm fest. Bust a move, then watch the pros work it out with two performances by ODC Dance, performing a routine titled “Waving Not Drowning” choreographed by Brenda Way, plus catch special duet performances throughout the aquarium. In the planetarium, grab a seat for BELLA GAIA, a mind-blowing presentation that combines NASA Earth satellite imagery, time-lapse nature photography, and live music and dance footage from around the world in one unprecedented audiovisual experience. Want to break a sweat while skipping the gym? Learn how to turn dance into an aerobic endeavor with Rhythm & Motion Dance, a high-energy workout class for everyone. At the Project Lab, meet Academy entomologist Lina Almeida and learn how insects use dance to communicate (grab a pair of headphones and listen to a spider’s flamenco-like sounds).

      21+ Event, ID required for entry.

      Note: The 4-story Rainforest exhibit closes at 7:45pm and planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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