From deep sea to deep space, your Academy ticket is your passport to science adventures. Explore our exhibits, public programs, events, and more.
New & featured
Bring your wild things to the Academy for a bouquet of science programs, games, and demos. March 24-April 23.
Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines
Encounter an eye-catching array of 12+ venomous species, from scorpions and jellies to spiders and snakes.
Explore two of today's greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
BigPicture: Natural World Photography
Bee Balling by Karine Aigner (Grand Prize winner)
Still pictures will move you in an exhibition of the year's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography.
NightLife: March 30
Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals.
Come face-to-fin with nearly 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our alligator with albinism.
The interior of Morrison Planetarium—one of the world's largest all-digital domes.
Experience the cosmos from the Academy's all-digital, 75-foot planetarium dome. Reservations required.
Journey through a living 4-story rainforest, home to free-flying butterflies and birds and giant Amazonian fish.
Kimball Natural History Museum
Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.
Hidden Wonders: Inside the Academy's Collections
"Kitty," our California saber-toothed cat (Smilodon californicus) fossil, was collected from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
Peek into the past in an all-new exhibition of nearly 800 objects from the Academy's research collections.
Giants of Land and Sea
Experience Northern California's epic natural wonders—including a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the Shake House.
Gems and Minerals Unearthed
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic gem and mineral specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
New Science: The Academy Exhibit
Celebrate LGBTQ+ women and gender minorities of color working in STEMM in a new exhibit and online gallery.
Color of Life
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Explore a Southeastern swamp habitat, home to snapping turtles and our beloved alligator with albinism, Claude.
Philippine Coral Reef
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Tusher African Hall
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, anemones, sharks, and more.
Activate your kids' curiosity about the natural world in our outdoor nature play and exploration space.
Young imaginations soar in this colorful, California forest-themed playspace. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm.
Welcome to the Academy's hub for exploration, with books, games, specimens, and more. Open daily; hours vary.