• A scuba diver in the giant Philippine Coral Reef tank delights guests at the California Academy of Sciences.
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  • An artist rendering of giant, colorful pterosaurs soar over the skyline of San Francisco.
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  • A view inside the Big Picture wildlife photography exhibit in the light-filled Piazza at the California Academy of Sciences.
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  • Colorful corals and invertebrates encrust a rocky reef in the rarely-explored oceanic "twilight zone."
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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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  • Explore today’s schedule of events and showtimes.

  • 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.

Planetarium Show

Passport to the Universe

Artist's rendering of a colorful Orion nebula

Discover your place in the cosmos in the Academy's exhilarating new planetarium show. Multiple showtimes daily.

Weekly Event


Fanciful illustration of NightLife guests and Academy animals by artist Lydia Ortiz

The Academy transforms after dark with live music, cocktails, and a different theme every week for adults 21+.


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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