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Look Who You Might Run Into

Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.

Creature Closeups Gallery


Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

Explore our Library of Life

Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.

Specimen Spotlights Gallery


Discover Fascinating Science Stories

Learn more about our research and explore science news from the Academy and beyond.



White Rhino by Maroesjka Lavigne

The Academy's annual natural world photography exhibit celebrates the diversity of life on Earth. Closes Oct 30.

Daily Program

3D Universe

3D Universe
September 6 at 11:30 am
September 7 at 11:30 am
September 8 at 11:30 am
September 9 at 11:30 am
September 12 at 11:30 am
September 13 at 11:30 am
September 14 at 11:30 am
September 15 at 11:30 am
September 16 at 11:30 am
September 19 at 11:30 am
September 20 at 11:30 am
September 21 at 11:30 am
September 22 at 11:30 am
September 23 at 11:30 am
September 26 at 11:30 am
September 27 at 11:30 am
September 28 at 11:30 am
September 29 at 11:30 am
September 30 at 11:30 am
October 3 at 11:30 am
October 4 at 11:30 am
October 5 at 11:30 am
October 6 at 11:30 am
October 7 at 11:30 am
October 10 at 11:30 am
October 11 at 11:30 am
October 12 at 11:30 am
October 13 at 11:30 am
October 14 at 11:30 am
October 17 at 11:30 am
October 18 at 11:30 am
October 19 at 11:30 am
October 20 at 11:30 am

Take a 3D tour through our Universe and discover Earth’s place in the cosmos.


Live Webcams

Photo of a diver in the Academy's Philippine Coral Reef exhibit

Be mesmerized by sharks and rays, tropical fish, and waddling penguins. Our webcams stream 24 hours a day.


Creatures of the NightLife

October 27 at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at night as NightLife joins forces with the Bay Area Science Festival!


Members' Month

Members Month

Diamonds and fluorescent minerals have nothing on you. During October, we’re rolling out the red carpet to thank you for your shining Academy support.

Special Event

SuperNatural Halloween 2016


Grab your costumes for a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy after dark.

Virtual Learning

Science Today

Innovative Ravens


Artist Jane Kim explains how ravens are a lot like humans in adapting to new environments.

Creature Closeup

Leafy Seadragon

Leafy Seadragon

You’ll need sharp eyes to spot the leafy seadragon in the wild—it's virtually indistinguishable from kelp.

Science Today

Virtual Learning