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 frozen realms, frolic under snow flurries, and meet real reindeer at our holiday exhibit. Open thru 1/5.
Explore the shape-shifting, color-changing, ever-evolving nature of skin in our new exhibit. Open thru Jan. 20.
’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.
Scuba Santa plunges into the Philippine Coral Reef tank during this very merry dive show. 11:30 am, Dec. 12-25.
Explore the animal kingdom's most outrageous strategies for meeting and mating. Closing January 5, 2020!
Learn about our charismatic African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. 10:30 am and 3 pm daily.
Watch as a diver plunges into the world's deepest living indoor coral reef exhibit. 11:30 am and 2:30 pm daily.
Experience an unforgettable overnight at the museum. Tickets still available for the February 21 sleepover!
This image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile is the best ever taken of a planetary system in formation.
Thousands of planets have been discovered outside our Solar System. Are they what astronomers expected?
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.
The Kimball Natural History Museum explores the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.
Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest major exhibit.
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.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful freshwater fish circle the albino American alligator known as Claude.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
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.
Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.
Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.
Curiosity Grove is a colorful California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.
Come with questions and touch real specimens! This Academy favorite is for curious minds and vivid imaginations.
Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.