Update: California Academy of Sciences to Re-Open September 15

Latino Heritage Month Events and Most Public Programs Will Go On

Extensive Damage from Fire, Smoke and Water is Being Cleaned and Restored

SAN FRANCISCO (September 13, 2001) ­ The California Academy of Sciences will re-open its doors to the public on Saturday September 15 at 10 a.m. after suffering extensive damage caused by a fire on August 30.

Most Academy public programs, including dances, lectures and activities scheduled for Latino Heritage Month will continue as planned.

“We pride ourselves on being open 365 days a year and are pleased to be able to resume our mission of bringing science and cultural education to the public,” said Dr. Patrick Kociolek, Curator and Executive Director of The California Academy of Sciences. “We are deeply grateful to the San Francisco Fire Department for their role in saving virtually all of the Academy’s animals, specimens and exhibits and minimizing the damage to our facilities.”

Although only a small portion of the museum suffered severe damage caused by flames, areas surrounding the blaze suffered extensive damage from heat, smoke and water. Hundreds of cleaning and restoration specialists are currently working around the clock to ensure that most of these areas are ready for the public by September 15. 

The following programs are free after museum admission, unless otherwise noted. Due to the recent fire at the Academy locations of some of the following events may change. For the most up-to-date information, call (415) 750-7145 or visit www.calacademy.org.