Awe-inspiring exhibits for explorers of all ages

Guest looks at saber-toothed cat fossil in Hidden Wonders exhibit at the Academy
OPENING MAY 27

Hidden Wonders

Ancient. Irreplaceable. And on view soon! Peek into the past in an all-new exhibition featuring fascinating objects from the Academy's vast research collections.
A dwarf lionfish stares menacingly at the camera
OPEN DAILY

Venom

Encounter a potent array of over a dozen venomous animal species from assassin bugs to scorpionfish in the aquarium’s newest exhibit.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

Interior of Morrison Planetarium with still from Living Worlds show on screen
NOW PLAYING

Living Worlds

Is anybody out there? In our newest planetarium show, see how surprising discoveries about life on Earth could help us detect alien life light years away.
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 Limacia inesae sea slug by Miguel Pontes
BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

70 new species in 2021!

From psychedelic sea slugs to limbless amphibians, Academy scientists added 70 eye-popping new plant and animal species to the tree of life this year.
A masked adult couple look at a giant rockfish in the California Coast exhibit
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