Awe-inspiring exhibits for explorers of all ages

Interior view of BigPicture photography exhibit in the Academy Piazza
OPEN DAILY

BigPicture

Our annual exhibition of the year's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography invites you to bask in our planet's beauty—and feel moved to protect it.
View of guest from the back staring at giant jaws of extinct shark
OPEN DAILY

Sharks

Discover the beauty, complexity, and vulnerability of our ocean's misunderstood apex predators in the Academy's new exhibit, created by Grande Experiences.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

A masked child comes face to face with an African penguin
DECEMBER 15 | 6-9 PM | FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Science Under the Sea Stars

There’s snow place like the Academy during the holidays! Celebrate the science and spirit of the season at an evening event for kids and families.
Claude the alligator with albinism against a starry background
THURSDAYS | 6-10 PM | 21+

Thursday NightLife

You're probably overdue for a nocturnal adventure. Join us every Thursday evening for creatures, cocktails, and the magic of the museum at night.
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World-changing science starts here

Composite illustration of marine, terrestrial, and forest ecosystems
OUR WORK

Mission: Regeneration

To stop biodiversity loss and fight climate change, we must regenerate critical ecosystems—and see ourselves as part of, not apart from, the natural world. 
A masked adult couple look at a giant rockfish in the California Coast exhibit
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Keep up with your favorite creatures by visiting for free all year long—and support our research, education, and access initiatives while you're at it.
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