While some of the exhibits and events featured below are not currently available due to the Academy’s temporary closure, there are plenty of digital offerings, livestreams, and DIY activities to keep you engaged and entertained while sheltering in place.
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Squee! Learn about the past and future of sea otters in the Bay and get a peek into the Mammalogy collections.
Explore Chile’s giant telescopes and meet the people behind the lenses in the Academy’s newest planetarium show.
Cozy up with a curated array of webcams, games, videos, and DIY activities that will help you stay learning and engaged while the Academy is temporarily closed.
Encounter an eye-catching array of venomous species in the Academy's all-new aquarium exhibit, opening soon.
Preview the winning images from the Academy's annual BigPicture nature and wildlife photography competition.
Meet Claude—our albino American alligator—and learn why his southeastern habitat is so unique. 3:30 pm daily.
Become an ocean chemistry expert in this exploration of the connection between sea, sky, and you. 2:15 pm daily.
Learn about our charismatic African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. 10:30 am and 3 pm daily.
Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our albino American alligator.
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.
Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic gem and mineral specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful freshwater fish circle the albino American alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
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.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Get a glimpse of the richness right off our coast and gaze at rockfish, eels, a giant Pacific octopus, and more.
Watch Academy scientists prepare specimens and conduct real research at this unique hybrid of exhibit and lab.
Curiosity Grove is a colorful California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.
Curious minds and vivid imaginations welcome at our hub for exploration—featuring games, specimens, and more.
Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.