From deep sea to deep space, your Academy ticket is your passport to science adventures. Explore our exhibits, public programs, events, and more.
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The World's Largest Dinosaurs
NightLife: Says Who? Vol. 2 Experience
What’s the story? Hear firsthand how diverse lived experiences shape our life paths and nurture connections.
Charting the High Frontier of Space
The proposed Asteroid Detection And Mapping platform will help map out asteroid motions over time so we can better understand the likelihood of potential collisions with Earth.
Dr. Ed Lu proposes a four-dimensional map of asteroid distribution to help protect Earth from impacts.
Learn about our charismatic African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. Daily, 10:30 am and 3 pm.
Spring Into Summer Night
Celebrate the summer solstice at an all-new, family-friendly evening event with deep discounts for members!
Come face-to-fin with nearly 60,000 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.
Giants of Land and Sea
Experience Northern California's epic natural wonders—including a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the Shake House.
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.
Leo na Kesho (today and tomorrow)
A new installation in African Hall by artist Walter Kitundu interrupts a familiar presentation of biodiversity.
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.