Exhibits and experiences for explorers of all ages

An orange and red dwarf lionfish stares at the camera


Encounter an array of over a dozen venomous animal species from scorpionfish to assassin bugs to fire urchins in this potent Steinhart Aquarium exhibition.  
Scale model of Argentinosaurus head at entrance to The Worlds Largest Dinosaurs exhibition at the Academy

World's Largest Dinosaurs

Experience an exhibition 200 million years in the making—and heads and tails above the rest. The largest land animals that ever lived have arrived at the Academy!

Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

3 African penguins pose for the camera on exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences
DAILY, 10:30 AM & 3 PM

Penguin Feeding

Delight in the antics of our African penguin colony as they feast on fish—and learn how the Academy is helping protect this endangered species.
A DJ spins in the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit during NightLife
THURSDAYS | 6-10 PM | 21+


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.

World-changing science starts here

Claude the albino alligator shows his teeth

Browse our new blog!

We're all smiles: Phenomena is ready for its close-up. Enjoy a menagerie of animal stories, science updates, and aha! moments from across the Academy.
Boy joyfully points at fish overhead in Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel exhibit

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  • Please note: Osher Rainforest is closed through November 17 for infrastructure maintenance. Learn more