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.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

    • Membership Appreciation Month

      Special Membership Offer

      Join today! Become an Academy member and receive FREE general adminssion ticket(s). Plus, enjoy additional member savings, events and more during Member Appreciation Month in October!

      Learn more

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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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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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2014-09-22
September 23, Tuesday
2014-09-24
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Notices

  • All Day
    • PLANETARIUM CLOSED FOR SEMI-ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

      Planetarium

      Please excuse our space-dust: with a schedule of sometimes up to 15 shows per day, we occasionally need to give our systems a tune-up, so we're cleaning the theater, repairing seats, changing lamps, and realigning our projectors - the Universe will be much better for it when we reopen for business on Thursday, featuring "Dark Universe."  In the meantime, the live featurette, "From Stardust to Skeletons" is still being shown today in Hohfeld Hall...don't miss your chance to see it! 

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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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  • 8:30 AM
    • Members' Hour

      Members may bring ticketed guests during members-only hours. All guests must have a paid admission ticket and be accompanied by a current member.
  • 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.
  • 10:30 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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    • Penguin Feeding

      African Hall
      Meet our African Penguin colony while an Academy biologist feeds them and answers your questions.
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  • 11:30 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. 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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    • 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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    • 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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  • 12:00 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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  • 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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    • 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
    • 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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    • 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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  • 2:15 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
    • 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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    • Wild California: Claws, Skulls and More!

      Piazza

      Feel fur and feathers, 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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    • 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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  • 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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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                This popular Bay Area attraction houses a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium, and rainforest dome. It is also home to a world-class research institution with nearly 46 million specimens in its collections.

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