Holidays at the Academy
Our holiday wish? To spend them with you! Frolic under indoor snow flurries, enjoy festive lights and décor, touch real Arctic animal specimens and artifacts, and join us for two evening events for science-loving kids and grown-ups. We’ll update this page once we put the finishing touches on a few more holiday surprises.
Please note: Because Wander Woods is currently under construction in the East Garden, the reindeer will not be in residence this year. We apologize for any inconvenience!
December 9, 6-10 pm; 21+ with ID
Stuff those stockings with local shopping! Browse a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.
Science Under the Sea Stars
December 15, 6-9 pm
Celebrate the science and spirit of the season at an all-new evening event just for kids and families. Dash and dance through the museum and enjoy winter-themed crafts, a magic show, snow science experiments, and more.
Fun in the flurries
Snow is in the forecast for San Francisco! Twirl under (non-allergenic, biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-staining) snow flurries swirling in the Piazza twice every hour.
Holiday gift guide
From sustainable swag to colorful gift cards, the Academy has gift-giving down to a science. Make your loved ones merry this holiday while supporting the museum you love.
Thanksgiving (11/25): 10 am-3 pm
November 26-27: 9:30 am-6 pm
Christmas (12/25): 11 am-5 pm
December 26: 11 am-6 pm
December 27-30: 9:30 am-6 pm
Regular hours resume 12/31. Hours subject to change; please check our Hours & Admission page before your visit.