Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.
Part natural history museum and part dynamic activity space, the Wilson Family Naturalist Center is packed with resources to explore. From a foot-long mammoth tooth (discovered at a construction site right here in San Francisco) to a variety of books and hands-on activities, the opportunities to investigate and ask questions are endless.
Come in any time during open hours and discover the splendor of the natural world.
The Naturalist Center will be closed Monday, September 28, 2015.
A wolverine's soft pelt, a false trumpet's spiraling shell, and so much more—hundreds of specimens pack the shelves of the Naturalist Center, ready to be investigated.
Feeling inspired to dive more deeply? Want to touch a skull? Our educators are eager to assist with specimen handling, point visitors toward science resources, and inspire further curiosity.
Discover it Yourself
From classics like The Origin of Species to a quirky roadkill field guide, the Naturalist Center offers a selection of books, magazines, and guides to fuel your curiosity and help you find answers to your California biodiversity questions.
Activities and More
With activities and drop-in discovery sessions running every day of the week, the Center never stops in its mission to help visitors of all ages connect to the natural world.
Open daily 11 am–5 pm; last admittance at 4:45 pm
The Naturalist Center is located on the third floor of the Academy—simply take the main stairs or elevators (located near our Café) and follow the aerial walkway.