Giants of Land and Sea
Please note: The Shake House will be closed for maintenance September 5-8. We regret any inconvenience.
Life at the edge of land and sea is dynamic and ever-changing, where fog rolls in, tectonic plates tremble, and sea otters frolic in the kelp forest canopy. In this original exhibit, science becomes sensory as you explore Northern California's natural wonders through a variety of interactive experiences:
- Feel your way through an immersive fog room
- Encounter a 4-ton cross-section of a redwood tree
- Keep your balance in an earthquake simulator
- Virtually ascend to the top of a towering redwood
Giants of Land and Sea celebrates the extraordinary biodiversity in our own backyard—and the scientists and citizens taking action every day to sustain it.
California’s nutrient-rich coastal waters attract migrating megafauna with massive appetites. Check out a display of humpback, minke, and sperm whale skulls from our scientific collections before examining some unexpected artifacts—whale earwax, anyone?
Coast redwoods reach record-breaking heights in part thanks to the thirst-quenching power of fog. Step inside the Fog Room for a quintessential NorCal experience—and share your #FogRoom selfie after emerging from the mist.
The Bay Area is famous for its movers and shakers—including the temperamental tectonic plates it’s built on. Enter the reimagined Shake House earthquake simulator to be transported to the epicenter of the powerful 1906 and 1989 temblors.
Golden State, green future
Northern California’s flora and fauna may be larger than life, but they’re not immune to widespread ecological harm. The Academy’s Thriving California initiative is harnessing scientific data and mobilizing diverse communities to fight climate change, stop biodiversity loss, and advocate for nature throughout our state.
The Academy celebrates our multilingual region by translating the Giants exhibit into Chinese (中文), Filipino, and Spanish (español).
To translate calacademy.org into over 100 languages, click the drop-down menu at the bottom of any Academy webpage.
Giants of Land and Sea is open during regular museum hours.
Find it on the Main Floor between the rainforest and West Garden.