A dinner party in Tusher African Hall.

© Cliff Brunk Photography

How do you give guests an experience they’ll never forget? Celebrate at the California Academy of Sciences, where we have the art of hosting inspired events down to a science. To book an event, please begin by filling out our inquiry form

A World of Wows
Photo of an event set-up in the Piazza: © Drew Altizer Photography

Imagine hors d’oeuvres inside Steinhart Aquarium, an underwater wonderland with a living coral reef. Picture a luxurious five-course dinner amidst the dioramas of Tusher African Hall, cocktails by the alligators in the Swamp, or a product launch in Morrison Planetarium.

With 12 stunning settings to choose from, the Academy can produce anything from an intimate wedding party to an extravaganza for 3,000 guests. And it all comes with behind-the-scenes expertise that ensures the highest standards of excellence.

Culinary Chemistry
Photo of wedding reception set-up near the Swamp exhibit: © Meg and Michael Photography

The Academy has singled out the Bay Area’s top catering professionals, partnering only with companies that meet our careful standards for taste, variety, presentation, and sustainability. Sourcing locally whenever possible, emphasizing organic and sustainable foods, Academy-approved caterers are committed to bringing your guests the delicious bounty of the Bay Area.

Wondrous Entertainment
A coconut octopus in the Steinhart Aquarium.

Bring your guests to a place where the entertainment flies in on real wings, the decorative plants are four-stories tall, and the hosts were born wearing tuxedos. Treat your guests to one of the Academy’s awe-inspiring and visually moving Planetarium shows, or make use of our cutting edge Planetarium and state-of-the art digital projection system and customize your own! Additional premium services include snake wranglers, deep-sea divers revealing secrets of the coral reef, and a “vault” of rarely seen treasures.

Small-Image Credits:
© Orange Photography (ceremony in Aquarium)
© Drew Altizer Photography (set-up in Piazza)
© Meg and Michael Photography (dinner in Swamp)

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NightLife Private Lounge

NightLife Private Lounge

Looking for a great space to celebrate with your friends? Rent out the NightLife Private Lounge for early entry to a premium private room featuring catering, bar service, and access to our Thursday NightLife event. For more information, contact Anne Rianda at arianda@calacademy.org or at (415) 379-5497.