California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration
150th Anniversary Celebration 150 Years: A Timeline 150 Years of Research The New Academy

150 Years: A Timeline1848-1905 | 1906-1941 | 1942-1976 | 1977-2003

 

 

1906
GREAT EARTHQUAKE AND
FIRE DESTROY THE MUSEUM

“I got down to the Academy at about 7 A.M. and found the bridge connecting the two buildings gone and the museum stairs badly wrecked. I managed to climb up to the top floor…when Miss Hyde came to my aid. Together we saved all the records. All the time the fires started by the earthquake were closing in on the Academy…”

— Academy Director Leverett Mills Loomis

 

 

1906
RETURN OF THE SCHOONER
ACADEMY: A NEW BEGINNING

On Thanksgiving Day, seven months after the earthquake and fire destroy the Academy’s museum, the Galápagos Expedition returns to San Francisco.

The ship is filled with scientific specimens that form the core of the Academy’s new collections.

1912 - Theory of continental drift is published
1909
PLANNING A NEW MUSEUM

Already, preparations are underway for building a new Academy museum in Golden Gate Park.

The park promises a safe location for priceless scientific collections, removed from the threat of fire should another major earthquake occur.

1915 - Panama Pacific International
Exposition, San Francisco
1917 - US enters World War I
1916
A NEW MUSEUM DEDICATED
TO EXCELLENCE

As a new, state-of-the-art museum in Golden Gate Park is dedicated, Director Barton Warren Evermann emphasizes that education is an important function of the Academy.

The director often joins school groups to explain various exhibits. Creating new science education programs for Bay Area schools and the public is a high priority.

1920 - The 19th Amendment gives
women the right to vote
1921
SAVING CALIFORNIA'S
WILD SPECIES

The Academy’s Committee on the Conservation of Wild Animal Life is active in protecting California’s endangered pronghorn antelope, mountain sheep and Roosevelt elk.

1923
THE ACADEMY'S STEINHART AQUARIUM

At last!

After many years of planning, research and travel to ensure “the best” for San Franciscans, the magnificent new aquarium opens to the public.

1929 - Great Depression begins
1932
RETURN TO GALAPAGOS

Templeton Crocker funds an expedition to the Galápagos aboard his yacht, Zaca. Academy
scientists will bring back 331 live specimens for display and study at Steinhart Aquarium.

As the Great Depression deepens, Academy programs struggle. Good homes are found for the marine mammals when the outdoor pools close due to budget cuts.

1935 - The Richter scale of earthquake
magnitude is invented
1934
SIMSON AFRICAN HALL

Dedicated on December 3rd, the Academy’s new African Hall is open to the public two days a week.

Visitors throng to see the magnificent animals of faraway Africa in artfully realistic habitats.

1941 - US enters WWII
1941
THE ACADEMY'S WAR EFFORT

The Academy is ready to contribute to the national welfare in the “present emergency.”

Paleontologist G Dallas Hanna’s small
instrument shop is enlarged to repair optical and navigational equipment for the U.S. Navy.

 

California Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary Celebration