Exhibits and experiences for explorers of all ages

Larger-than-life orchid mantis model with outstretched legs in Bugs exhibit
OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 22

Bugs

An arthropod extravaganza has buzzed into the Academy! Celebrate our multi-legged friends in a new exhibition with models, games, specimens, and more.
2 young girls play joyfully in falling flurries in the Academy Piazza
OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 8

'Tis the Season for Science

This winter, warm your spirits at our annual celebration of all things cold! Frolic under flurries, experiment in the Ice Lab, and revel in live music and magic.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

2 reindeer with antlers graze in a pen in the Academy East Garden
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6:30-9 PM

Welcome Winter Night

Make merry at an all-new, all-ages evening event, featuring festive face-painting, crafts, and performances—and a cameo appearance by two visiting reindeer!
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

Prakrit Jain uses iNaturalist on his iPhone to take a picture of a scorpion
COMMUNITY SCIENCE

Two new scorpion species!

For two Bay Area teens, a passion for iNaturalist and a collaboration with Lauren Esposito, PhD, led to the discovery of two new-to-science scorpion species.
3 kids look at a stingray swimming underneath them at the Academy
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