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

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Rainforest will be closed Sep. 9 & 10

    • 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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2014-09-05
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2014-09-07
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Notices

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. At 11:30 AM join a presenter in the Lobby for a fun activity to practice your scientific thinking skills. Questions are encouraged! 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.
  • 10:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
    • 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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    • Penguin Feeding

      African Hall
      Meet our African Penguin colony while an Academy biologist feeds them and answers your questions.
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  • 10:40 AM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 11:00 AM
    • Saturday Safari

      African Hall

      Join us for an imaginary expedition around the corner or around the world! We will begin by using maps to chart our trip, and then be transported via stories, specimens, props, songs and dance. All ages are welcome!

      This month - Show Your Teeth: Examine and compare the teeth of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Learn about human teeth and listen to stories that will make you smile.

      Free with general admission. Adult supervision required.

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    • 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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  • 11:15 AM
    • 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.

  • 11:25 AM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 11:30 AM
    • 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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    • 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. Does an ice cube melt faster in fresh or salt water? Find out the answer to this and more during interactive activities that encourage questions, guesses and fun!

       

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  • 12:00 PM
    • 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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    • 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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  • 12:10 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 12:30 PM
    • Discovery Nature Walk

      Swamp

      Join us for a 30-minute nature walk, exploring gardens and groves that surround the Academy. Learn about the importance of native plants and trees and how they support animals in Golden Gate Park, a unique and unusual ecosystem.

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  • 12:45 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.

  • 12:55 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 1:00 PM
    • 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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  • 1:30 PM
    • Ssssnake Encounter

      Piazza

      Meet some of the Academy’s live snakes in-person! While viewing these fascinating (and harmless!) animals in the flesh, we will learn about snakes’ unique natural history, their predatory behavior, and their surprising special senses.

       

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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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  • 1:40 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 2:00 PM
    • Connect with a Scientist! - September 6th

      Project Lab

      Join us for a fun interview with an Academy scientist as they share their cutting edge work and exciting discoveries. Learn the tricks of their trade through dynamic demonstrations and get answers to the science questions you’ve always wanted to know. Meet a new guest scientist every week! 

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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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    • 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.

  • 2:25 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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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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    • Wild California: Claws, Skulls and More!

      Piazza

      Feel the fur of a mountain lion, 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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  • 3:00 PM
    • Out of the Lab

      Project Lab

      Curious to get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Academy research and the labs where the work gets done? Scientists will join visitors at the Project Lab to share stories about dissecting and documenting the many specimens collected on their global expeditions. Have a burning science question? Ask a real scientist!

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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 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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  • 3:10 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 3:30 PM
    • Swamp Discovery

      Swamp

      Learn more about these wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States and their hidden value. Listen to sounds of swamp inhabitants as we follow the life of the American alligator from hatchling chirps to the booming bellows of mature adults, all beneath the moss-draped limbs of a bald cypress.

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  • 3:45 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.

  • 3:55 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 4:30 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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  • 4:40 PM
    • Hohfeld Hall: From Stardust to Skeletons

      Planetarium Entrance

      The atoms and elements that form everything in the Universe - from the largest galaxies to the tiniest moons, to the bones in the human body - were forged within stars. Explore the cosmic connection within us all in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.  Passes not required, all ages welcome.

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  • 5:00 PM
    • Museum Closes

      Tickets can be purchased up to an hour before closing.

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