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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Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest exhibit.
Dive into the breathtaking beauty of coral reefs in the Academy's newest original planetarium show.
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.
NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with after-hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.
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.
The Academy transforms into an oasis of live music and art one Thursday per month from July to October.
Imagine flying over the surface of Mars! This visualization from NASA data shows mountains in Ganges Chasma.
Take a visual journey across the surface of Mars, reconstructed from real spacecraft data.
Come face-to-fin with 900+ animal species, hands-on exhibits, and the world’s largest living indoor coral reef.
Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.
Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.
The Kimball Natural History Museum explores the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Rolling hills and 1.7 million plants create an oasis for native species atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof.
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.
Science-based solutions for a better future—now on exhibit at the Academy and at PlanetVision.com.
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.