Exhibits and experiences for explorers of all ages

Sea turtles swimming in sun-dappled water in a BigPicture winning photo by Renee Capozzola
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BigPicture

Be moved by an exhibition of the year's best nature photography—and join us for a panel discussion on the power of images at the Commonwealth Club on Feb. 28.
Dwarf lionfish on exhibit at Academy looks at the camera with bulging eyes and intimidating spiky red fins
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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

Digital visualization of a galaxy in space, with wordmark for Spark: The Universe in Us
NOW PLAYING

Spark: The Universe in Us

Everything we are was written in the stars. Discover the celestial origins of the building blocks of life in the Academy's newest original planetarium film.
NightLife guests groove to DJ tunes in front of the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit
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 illuminates the unusual intersection of art and science.
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World-changing science starts here

New fish species, Tomiyamichthys elliotensis, pictured resting on the ocean floor
PHENOMENA

153 new species in 2023

Academy researchers roam the world looking for new animal and plant species. Join us on their journey from observation to confirmation to conservation.
Boy excitedly points up at fish in Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel at California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium
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  • Please note: The planetarium will be closed for maintenance February 26-28.