• The rainforest dome and Living Roof of the California Academy of Sciences at twilight
    The California Academy of Sciences is not your average venue.
  • A view of the penguin colony inside African Hall at the California Academy of Sciences
    Home to an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum…
  • View of the California Academy of Sciences' main entrance at sunset
    ...it offers a universe of possibilities under one living roof.
  • The Amazon Flooded Forest tunnel's underwater view of the rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences
    Host your event here, and you may find…
  • The Piazza at the California Academy of Sciences decorated for the Big Bang Gala
    ...that the evening takes on a life of its own.
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The world's largest living indoor coral reef. An awe-inspiring 75-foot planetarium. A four-story tropical rainforest. All inside architect Renzo Piano's iconic masterpiece.   

When you host an event at the Academy, you're not just treating your guests to a jaw-dropping setting and best-in-class service and support—you're helping to make our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life a tangible reality.

Learn more about our 15 incredible venues, and get inspired about partnering with the greenest museum on Earth.   

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15 Unique Venues

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Aerial view of Academy

Full Building

Square footage: 40,000
Reception capacity: 3,000+
Seated capacity: 1,000
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African Hall

African Hall

Square footage: 4,800
Reception capacity: 400
Seated capacity: 280
View gallery & floorplan

Reception in Aquarium

Aquarium

Square footage: varies
Reception capacity: 350
Seated capacity: 100
View gallery & floorplan

Boardroom

Board Room

Square footage: 1,250
Reception capacity: 120
Seated capacity: 70
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East Garden terrace with red chair setup

East Garden

Square footage: 20,990
Reception capacity: 1,780
Seated capacity: varies
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East and West Halls next to rainforest dome

East & West Halls

Square footage: 20,000
Reception capacity: 800
Seated capacity: 440
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Forum

Forum

Square footage: 4,000
Reception capacity: 300+
Seated capacity: 250+
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Grand Hall

Grand Hall

Square footage: 8,000
Reception capacity: 700
Seated capacity: 350+
View gallery & floorplan

Event on Living Roof under sunny skies

Living Roof

Square footage: 2,880
Reception capacity: 140
Seated capacity: varies
View gallery & floorplan

T. rex in Main Lobby

Main Lobby

Square footage: 4,100
Reception capacity: varies
Seated capacity: varies
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Moss Room

Moss Room

Square footage: 1,100
Reception capacity: 100
Seated capacity: 75+
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Dancing in the Piazza

Piazza

Square footage: 5,900
Reception capacity: 450
Seated capacity: 350+
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Wedding inside the Planetarium

Planetarium

Square footage: 1,300
Theater seating: 290
Reception capacity: 100
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Swamp with Claude the alligator

Swamp

Square footage: 5,000
Reception capacity: 300
Seated capacity: 200+
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Terrace Restaurant

Terrace

Square footage: 5,000
Reception capacity: 275
Seated capacity: 200+
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