Check out our current exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures. From frolicking penguins and out-of-this-world planetarium shows to scientist chats, nature crafts, and sleepovers, there's plenty to explore.
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Dive into the breathtaking beauty of coral reefs in the Academy's newest original planetarium show.
Science-based solutions for a better future—now on exhibit at the Academy and at PlanetVision.com.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Get your dose of mechanical mayhem as NightLife hosts a salute to all things robotic.
Learn about our (hungry!) African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. 10:30 am & 3 pm daily.
Learn all about Claude, our albino American alligator, and other swamp-dwelling denizens. 3:30 pm daily.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy’s exhibits, live animals, and research. Tours offered daily.
The center of the Milky Way in infrared light
What secrets of the Universe have been revealed by observing in invisible infrared light?
Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.
Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.
The Kimball Natural History Museum explores the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.
Dive into one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.
In nature, color is so much more than just décor.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Weather stations on the roof monitor wind, rain, and changes in temperature to help inform the building's automated systems and skylights, keeping rainforest temps just right, the interior piazza cool and comfortable, and natural light streaming to the exhibits below.
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.
Explore some of the animal kingdom's most outrageous (and successful) strategies for meeting and mating.
Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.
Curiosity Grove is an all-new California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.
Get hands-on at the Naturalist Center with real specimens, hundreds of books and films, and interactive games.
Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.