Featured Events

January 16th at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm

Watch as a diver plunges into one of the world's deepest living coral reef tanks.

January 16th at 3:30 pm

Learn all about Claude, our albino American alligator, and other swamp inhabitants.

January 19th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.

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  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 9:30 am - Entrance

    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

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 10:00 am - Coat Check

    Become a scientist for a day by checking out a field science backpack full of tools and activities.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 10:15 am - Naturalist Center

    Hands-on programs for children ages 3 - 5 years old.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 10:30 am - Front Lobby

    Put on your thinking caps and check out live science experiments in action.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 10:30 am - Planetarium

    Humans live within an intricate network of plants, animals, and other life forms that support us in myriad ways. Discover the beauty, variety, and vast complexity of these relationships - from the food webs of San Francisco Bay to the mutually beneficial partnerships in a forest community. You'll learn how life changes our planet - and how we benefit from our connections to the life that surrounds us.

    Winner, Director's Award, Central European Fulldome Festival, 2015.

    Winner, Director's Award, Jena Fulldome Festival, 2015.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm - African Hall

    Meet our African penguin colony and get your questions answered by one of our Academy biologists.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:45 pm - Planetarium

    Asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout its history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark discoveries scientists have made sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds. In the latest original planetarium show from the California Academy of Sciences, cutting-edge visualizations will bring real-time data from current NASA missions to life while taking audiences on a ride through the dynamic story of our cosmic origins.

  • Mon. Jan. 16th at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm - Philippine Coral Reef

    Watch as a diver plunges into one of the world's deepest living coral reef tanks.