Exhibits and experiences for explorers of all ages

Giant animatronic butterfly on exhibit in an outdoor garden
DAILY | MARCH 9-APRIL 28

Spring in the Garden

Big things are buzzing in the East Garden this spring. Walk among giant animatronic insects, create your own watercraft, and bask in a bouquet of outdoor programs.
Dwarf lionfish on exhibit at Academy looks at the camera with bulging eyes and intimidating spiky red fins
OPEN DAILY

Venom

Encounter an array of over a dozen venomous animal species from scorpionfish to assassin bugs to fire urchins in this potent Steinhart Aquarium exhibition.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

Child wearing purple rain boots stands on the edge of a Northern California tidepool
ALL APRIL LONG

Celebrate Earth Month

Earth, this month's for you. Honor our planet at the Academy and in your community by joining City Nature Challenge, attending Earth to NightLife (21+), and more.
Montage of beautiful California landscapes
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 | 5:30 PM-MIDNIGHT

Big Bang & Party After Dark

Enjoy an evening of Indigenous cuisine, inspiring speakers, and innovative science at our Thriving California-themed annual gala and after-party (21+).
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World-changing science starts here

Moray eel swims in California Coast habitat at Steinhart Aquarium
PHENOMENA

An eel-y tricky checkup

Scrub in with the Academy’s Animal Health team for an inside look at how they look inside our slippery, slithery moray eels.
Boy excitedly points up at fish in Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel at California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium
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