Academy Tour (Ages 8 and older)
Explore the Academy from an insider's perspective! Spend an hour behind the scenes learning more about the institution's 160-year history and how our scientists are tackling critical questions about life on Earth. Visit the research collections and a working laboratory, get closer to the living roof, and examine breathtaking geology specimens in the Vault.
Aquarium Tour (Ages 8 and older)
Learn more about the history of Steinhart Aquarium and how biologists care for the thousands of animals—butterflies, fish, penguins (even an albino alligator)—in our living collections. Visit the food prep kitchen, see how we make our own salt water, and see some of the exhibits from a biologist’s point of view—all as part of this exclusive, hourlong aquarium tour.
Green Building and Architecture Tour (Ages 8 and older)
Our building is an exhibit in itself! Spend an hour going behind the scenes to learn what makes us the greenest museum on Earth. Discover what makes our Living Roof so green (hint: it's more than plants), what makes our building's construction so special, and how even our collections are maintained sustainably.
Reefs to Rainforest Tour (Recommended for ages 5 to 7 with their adult chaperones)
What do coral reefs and rainforests have in common? Find out as you explore two of the Academy's most popular live animal exhibits on an hour long guided tour. Learn about the unique species that live in these ecosystems and hear stories of the Academy’s expeditions to these dynamic environments.