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.
Please note: Curiosity Grove will be closed for maintenance on September 25, and the Swamp will be closed beginning September 17 for habitat upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back to the exhibit later this year.
New & Featured
Explore the shape-shifting, color-changing, ever-evolving nature of skin in our new exhibit. Open thru Jan. 20.
Experience an awe-inspiring exhibit of 2019's best nature, wildlife & conservation photography. Closing Oct. 20.
On October 26, trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among eerie animals and spooky specimens.
Grab your flannel and get yourself to ‘90s NightLife for a celebration of iconic pop culture.
The Academy transforms into an oasis of live music and art one Thursday per month from July to October.
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.
On September 27-29, celebrate the great outdoors as the East Garden transforms into a hands-on nature playscape.
Experience an unforgettable overnight at the museum. Tickets still available for 10/19 and 11/9 sleepovers!
Come face-to-fin with 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to free-flying butterflies in a 4-story rainforest.
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.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
The Swamp will be closed beginning September 17 for habitat upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.
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 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.