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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Discover the shape-shifting, color-changing, and ever-evolving nature of skin in our newest exhibit—now open!
Discover your place in the cosmos in the Academy's exhilarating new planetarium show. Multiple showtimes daily.
Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest major exhibit.
Taste your way through a pop-up beer garden with local breweries slinging their best botanical-forward brews.
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.
Meet Claude, our albino American alligator, and hear why his southeastern habitat is so unique. 3:30 pm daily.
As seen in infrared light, the North America Nebula hides newborn stars surrounded by dusty cocoons. Image NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC-Caltech.
As one of NASA's Great Observatories nears the end of its mission, learn about some of its amazing observations.
Watch as a diver plunges into the world's deepest living indoor coral reef exhibit. 11:30 am and 2:30 pm daily.
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.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
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.
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.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
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 an all-new 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.