Awe-inspiring exhibits for explorers of all ages

Larger-than-life orchid mantis model with outstretched legs in Bugs exhibit
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Bugs

An arthropod extravaganza has buzzed into the Academy! Celebrate our multi-legged friends in a new exhibition with models, games, specimens, and more.
2 guests explore the BigPicture exhibit in the Academy Piazza
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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.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

Close-up photo illustration of a purple praying mantis head
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 5-9 PM

SuperNatural Halloween

Spirits of all ages are invited to our eerie-sistable annual Halloween fundraiser, with trick-or-treating, mad scientists, a mechanical spider ride, and more.
Photo collage of Claude the alligator with albinism against a starry sky
THURSDAYS | 6-10 PM | 21+

NightLife

Wonder what our animals get up to once the sun goes down? Find out at the Academy’s weekly event that celebrates the unusual intersection of art and science.
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World-changing science starts here

Underwater photo of queen angelfish in Roatán. Photo: Luiz Rocha © California Academy of Sciences
SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS

Regenerating Roatán's reefs

The Hope for Reefs team has resurfaced after a record-breaking expedition to Honduras's lush mesophotic coral reefs. Photo: Luiz Rocha © California Academy of Sciences

3 kids look at a stingray swimming underneath them at the Academy
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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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