A Behind-the-Scenes tour group

Enjoy an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the Academy’s exhibits, live animals, and research endeavors. Peek into our vault of rare gems, traverse the Aquarium pipes, and learn why we're the greenest museum on Earth.

Daily Tours for Individuals and Groups
People on a guided tour looking at Anthropology specimens

Our popular Behind-the-Scenes Tours are offered hourly throughout the day. The Aquarium Tour covers the history and current animal residents of Steinhart Aquarium (and looks at how biologists care for them), while the Academy Tour visits research collections, a working laboratory, gems stored in our geology Vault, and more.  

Weekly Tours for Individuals and Groups
NightLife visitors looking at specimens in the Kimball Natural History Museum.

Looking for a different Nightlife experience? Join us for a Nightlife VIP Tour, offered every Thursday night for visitors ages 21 and over. Enjoy VIP access, cocktails, a behind-the-scenes tour of our gems and mineral collection, and more. 


Reefs to Rainforests Adventure Tour—Special for Members' Month!
Adventure Tour guest with furrowed brow staring at a gecko in our Rainforests of the World exhibit.

What do coral reefs and rainforests have in common? They are home to rare and unique species and are two of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth! Join us on this family-friendly tour of our reef and rainforest exhibits and learn about these important ecosystems, the species that call them home, and the Academy’s expeditions to these dynamic environments.

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Academy Sleepovers

Academy Sleepovers

Want to do something extra special? Bring your kids to a Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover to curl up alongside our animals! Tickets for event dates through June 2015 are now on sale.


Kids at our Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit during a Penguins and Pajamas sleepover