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

Lunar New Year Performances

Dancers from Cal VSA performing the lion dance
February 25 at 12:00 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Lion and Dragon Dance performances by UC Berkeley's Cal VSA Lion Dance team!

NightLife: February 29

NightLife: February 29
February 29 at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

NASA Spacecraft Swarms for Low Earth Orbit and Beyond

There are currently more than 11,000 satellites orbiting Earth, and this visualization does not show all of them.

How can the increasing number of satellites in low Earth orbit be managed? NASA is developing ways for them to cooperate with each other.

March 4 at 7:30 pm

NASA is testing ways for satellites to work together in the increasingly-crowded space in low Earth orbit.

Iconic exhibitions

Steinhart Aquarium

A woman and child in front of the Philippine Coral Reef tank

Come face-to-fin with nearly 60,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our alligator with albinism.

Morrison Planetarium

Interior of Morrison Planetarium with guests in audience, photo by John Hartsfield

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.

Osher Rainforest

Panoramic shot of Osher Rainforest exhibit at the Academy, a 4-story glass dome housing a living rainforest

Journey through a living 4-story rainforest, home to free-flying butterflies and birds and giant Amazonian fish.

Kimball Natural History Museum

Guests exploring Color of Life exhibit and tiger specimen at California Academy of Sciences

Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.

Ongoing exhibitions

Hidden Wonders: Inside the Academy's Collections

California saber-tooth cat fossil from 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.

Gems and Minerals Unearthed

Crocoite; Photo: Kat Whitney

Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic gem and mineral specimens from the Academy's geology collection.

Academy in Action

2 guests look at the new exhibition kiosk, Academy in Action

Our colorful new mini-exhibition brings our three regeneration initiatives out of the field and into the museum.

Color of Life

Color of Life

Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.

California Coast

Silhouetted guests point and gaze at the 100,000 gallon California Coast exhibit

Get a glimpse of the richness right off our coast and gaze at rockfish, eels, anemones, sharks, and more.

The Swamp

Claude the alligator with albinism sits on his rock in the Academy's Swamp exhibit

Explore a Southeastern swamp habitat, home to snapping turtles and our beloved alligator with albinism, Claude.

Philippine Coral Reef

Philippine Coral Reef

Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.

Tusher African Hall

Visitors wander through African Hall, filled with dioramas on both sides and an African penguin colony at the far end.

Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.

Living Roof

The Living Roof

Rolling hills and 1.7 million plants create an oasis for native species atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof.

Human Odyssey

Visitors explore the Human Odyssey exhibit.

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.

Water Planet

The Water Planet exhibit's blue glow creates a beautiful place for exploring watery adaptations.

Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.

Hands-on exhibitions

Wander Woods

Girl plays atop a fallen tree trunk with a fanciful wood sculpture in the background at Wander Woods at the Academy

Activate your kids' curiosity about the natural world in our outdoor nature play and exploration space.

Curiosity Grove

The iconic climbing tree framed by an all-new colorful mural inside the new Curiosity Grove educational play space.

Young imaginations soar in this colorful, California forest-themed playspace. Open daily, 10 am-4 pm.

Naturalist Center

A visitor inspecting the Naturalist Center cabinets filled with specimens, books, and more.

Welcome to the Academy's hub for exploration, with books, games, specimens, and more. Open daily; hours vary.


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