• reindeer California Academy of Sciences
    Reindeer return to the Academy this holiday season. © California Academy of Sciences
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2018
    A costumed surprise during the SuperNatural scuba dive. © California Academy of Sciences
  • Snowman theater at the California Academy of Sciences
    The Snowman Theater takes its place in the Piazza. © California Academy of Sciences
  • Child and caretaker playing with Bear's Shadow activity and flashlight
    Enjoy the new Shine and Seek program in Hohfeld Hall. © California Academy of Sciences


Saturday, October 26
General Admission: 6:30–9pm
Spooky season is upon us! Come in your Halloween costume and have a frighteningly fun time with our scientists and specimens at this after-hours Academy event. The evening will be filled with family-friendly activities, including trick-or-treating, giant pumpkin carving, face painting, a silent disco, and much more! Visit here for general admission tickets, package deals that include early entry at 5pm, and more program details.

Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover
Saturday, November 9 (tickets selling fast!)
6pm–8am the following morning
Explore Academy exhibits after-hours and and curl up next to your favorite creatures during this wild overnight adventure! Includes a planetarium show and a late-night snack before bed, plus breakfast and complimentary admission to the museum the following morning to keep exploring. Tickets are $119 per person ($95.20 for Academy members). Registration required. Visit here for program details and registration.

‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice
Opens Friday, November 22
The holidays are fast-approaching and the forecast at the Academy is calling for indoor snow flurries and the return of live reindeer to the East Garden! Enjoy festive live performances in the Piazza, a kid-friendly show about reindeer in the Snowman Theater, and learn about our planet’s polar regions to ensure your holidays are chock-full of scientific cheer! Visit here for daily programming and seasonal offerings.


Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
Celebrating 20 Years with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
Monday, November 4 | 7:30pm
Morrison Planetarium
For 20 years, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has been making groundbreaking discoveries ranging from the death of stars to distant supermassive blackholes. Learn more about the illustrious career—and exciting future—of the space telescope from renowned astrophysicist Belinda Wilkes, PhD. Tickets are $15 per person ($12 for Academy members and seniors). Advance reservations required. Visit here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Leakey Lecture Series
Living on the Edge: Early Modern Humans in Central Asia
Wednesday, November 13 | 7pm
Tusher African Hall
Central Asia and Siberia have long been overlooked when talking about modern human origins. However, that narrative is changing as new research by paleoanthropologist Bence Viola, PhD, is uncovering evidence for the important early human interactions that occurred in this dynamic region. Come hear how palaeoanthropologist Bence Viola, PhD, is combining different data to uncover these important interactions. Tickets are $12 for Academy and Leakey Foundation members and seniors, $15 for non-members. Visit here for more information and to book tickets.

Ongoing Exhibits, Events, and Daily Programming

Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity
Open through January 20, 2020
Forum Gallery, Second Floor
Uniquely personal yet universal, skin is a remarkably beautiful and sophisticated organ that is the living interface between organisms and their environment. Explore the science behind how skin varies across the animal kingdom through rarely seen scientific specimens and learn how understanding the origins and persistence of racism can help us build a more equitable future.

New program! Shine and Seek
Every Tuesday | 9:40am
Hohfeld Hall
See what’s so special about shadows—and have fun playing with your own—in this new interactive program in Hohfeld Hall for little explorers! Program runs for approximately 25 minutes and is designed for guests with children ages two to seven years old, but all ages are welcome.

About the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof. Hours are 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. Admission includes all exhibits, programs, and shows. For daily ticket prices, please visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000 for more information.

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