55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of 4/19–4/20. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

About Us 

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

The new facility is also home to the Academy’s staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 28 million specimens and artifacts.

Our Mission

The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to explore, explain and sustain life.

Our Values and Ethics

All those involved with the Academy share a commitment to high standards both within the organization and in dealing with others.

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Research and Education

The Academy is an international center for scientific research and education and is at the forefront of efforts to understand and protect the diversity of Earth’s living things. The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability supports a staff of over 70 professional scientists, including 30 Ph.D.-level scientists, supported by more than 100 Research and Field Associates and over 300 Fellows. It hosts 12 fields of research, including anthropology, aquatic biology, botany, comparative genomics, entomology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, mammalogy, microbiology and ornithology. The Institute’s research collections, which are among the world’s largest, include more than 28 million specimens—essential tools for comparative studies of the natural world and a library of life that documents historical change of biodiversity over time.

Management Team

Gregory C. Farrington, Ph.D., Executive Director,
William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
Elizabeth Babcock, Ph.D., Chief Public Engagement Officer,
Roberts Dean of Education
Alison Brown, Chief of Staff & Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Felder, Chief Marketing Officer
Janet Harris, Chief Development Officer
Margaret “Meg” Lowman, Ph.D., Chief of Science and Sustainability,
Dean of Science and Research Collections, Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Chair,
Lindsay Chair of Botany

Board of Trustees

Bruce Alberts, Ph.D.
James N. Alexander
John C. Atwater, Chair
Matthew Barger
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
Richard C. Blum
Teresa Briggs
Dan Carroll
Peter Y. Chung
Penny Coulter
Troy Daniels
Juliet de Baubigny
William F. Duhamel
Peter Fenton
John H.N. Fisher
Randi Fisher
Edward A. Gilhuly
Rosemary Gillespie, Ph.D
Diane B.Greene
John Hafernik, Ph.D., President
Glenn W. Holsclaw

 

Oliver Jenkyn
David M. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Salman Khan
Roger Kuo
Sharon Long, Ph.D.
Susan Oberndorf
Emilie Munger Ogden
Elizabeth R. Patterson
Gary Pinkus
William S. Price, III
Marta Salas-Porras
Kurt N. Simon
Jill Tarter, Ph.D.
Virginia Goss Tusher, Ph.D.
Jerome C. Vascellaro
Geerat Vermeij, Ph.D.
Summer Tompkins Walker
Richard Yorke
Adrienne L. Zihlman, Ph.D.
Mary Zlot

Friends Steering Committee

Mei K. Chen
Natalie Dana
Elizabeth S. Fisher
Gretchen Frank
Joann Franklin-Knox
Jane Gruber
Elizabeth B. Hamren
Kathryn Lasater
Jennifer E. Lively
Sherrill Lybrook
Chris Mattison
Betsy McDermott
Janet B. McKinley
Jackie Nemerovski
Susan Oberndorf
Leslie Olrich

 

Julie Parish
Liebe Patterson
Mary Read
Wendy Reicher
Victoire Reynal Brown
Catarina Schwab
Stacey Scott
Jenny Stegall
Christine Stovell
Lisa Tarter
Summer Tompkins Walker
Dyan Triffo
Virginia Tusher, Chair
Ashley Waltemath
Letitia Yang

Accreditation

   

The Academy adheres to industry standards in the museum and aquarium communities. The Academy is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Steinhart Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

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Making Headlines

   

Feel the excitement the new Academy is generating in the press. Learn more

In 2007-08, Academy scientists were featured in over 170 books, journals and magazines around the world. Download the list