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  • A gemsbok running over Namibian dunes
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  • Still image of Orion Nebula from Passport to the Universe planetarium show
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  • Guests on the elevated walkway inside the Academy's lush indoor rainforest
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  • Guests enthralled by a diver demonstrating scuba techniques inside the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit
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Visit an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Buy ahead and save!

  • Hours

    Monday – Saturday:
    9:30 am – 5 pm
    Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
    Thursday NightLife (21+): 6 – 10 pm

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  • Member Hours

    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Sunday: 10 – 11 am

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  • Getting Here

    Golden Gate Park
    55 Music Concourse Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118

Pierre the penguin

Watch Penguins Live

Meet our African penguins and watch them swim, waddle, and dine—our webcams stream live from the Academy 24/7.

Steinhart Aquarium

A woman and child in front of the Philippine Coral Reef tank

Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to free-flying butterflies in a 4-story rainforest.

Osher Rainforest

Woman and cute toddler look at butterflies in rainforest exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.

Expedition Reef

A spotted moray enjoys a teeth cleaning from a shrimp and a wrasse in this Expedition Reef still

Dive into the breathtaking beauty of coral reefs in the Academy's newest original planetarium show.

NightLife LIVE

NightLife LIVE 2019

The Academy transforms into an oasis of live music and art one Thursday per month from July to October.


Our mission is to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.


In the lab and in the field, our scientists study the diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Hope for Reefs


Our team of science educators creates free resources for teachers and students worldwide.

Environmental Literacy Initiative


From our green building to our breeding programs, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

Sustainability in Action

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