The California Academy of Sciences is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Admission to the Academy is: $34.95 for adults; $29.95 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+, and students with valid ID; $24.95 for children ages 4 to 11; and free for children ages 3 and younger. Admission fees include all exhibits and shows. Hours are 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. During peak periods, including some holiday weekends, extended hours may apply. Visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000 for more.
Beauty and wonder reign in September with rare gems and minerals, exotic nature photography, dazzling rainforests, and celestial showers
The Awakening: Landscape of Fear by Francisco Negroni (Frutillar, Chile)
Gems and Minerals Unearthed
Opening September 30, 2016
Marvels of the Earth, gems and minerals are as essential to our daily lives as they are brilliant and beautiful. In the California Academy of Sciences’ newest gallery, explore dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy’s remarkable geology collection—from iconic gems that play a vibrant part in the institution's history to newly displayed geologic wonders. View a giant crystal quartz specimen up close, discover how fluorescent minerals glow under UV light and learn how these natural wonders have influenced ancient and modern cultures around the world.
BigPicture Nature Photography Exhibit
Now through October 30
Featuring the stunning work of award-winning nature, wildlife, and conservation photographers from 27 countries around the world, this exhibit reveals perspectives of our natural world never seen before.
Photo Credit for “Winged Life”: Photographer – Marco Urso (Milan, Italy), Location – Lake Kerkini, Greece
Behind-the-Scenes at the Academy: Private Animal Encounter Tour
The Private Animal Encounter isn’t just a tour—it’s a chance to get up-close and personal with an amazing Academy animal. These special animals are not on display and make only rare appearances to the public. It's the perfect opportunity to meet one of our non-human Academy ambassadors! Offered Tuesdays–Sundays; reservations required. $175 for up to four guests. $40 each additional guest (Academy members receive special pricing).
Last chance to see 3D Earth: Rainforests
Ends September 5
Daily | Showtimes vary
Explore stunning views of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest like never before with 3D Earth: Rainforests, a live 3D show in the Academy’s Forum Theater. From towering canopies to the lush forest floor, put on a pair of 3D glasses and follow Academy scientists as they explore the vast biodiversity within these rich, tropical environments.
Incoming! Planetarium Show
Ends September 30, 2016
Viewers will embark on a dynamic journey on the trail of asteroids and comets, get an up close look at the advanced technologies that allow scientists to detect asteroids before they reach Earth, and visualize historic space events billions of years in the making—all within an immersive, all-digital dome that brings the captivating story of our cosmic origins to life like never before.
Sea Cruisers: Rays and their Relatives
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 1:30 pm
Academy biologists will detail the fascinating world of rays as these creatures effortlessly glide beneath your feet. You’ll learn how these ocean cruisers and their relatives adapt to the changing ocean environments—and what you can do to help them survive and thrive.
August 29 through November 17
Junior Academy programs for toddlers and preschoolers connect young learners with science and nature through engaging, hands-on activities. Friendly Academy educators and small group settings make these programs a slam-dunk for science enthusiasts. Look for fresh and fun sessions this Fall about nature, music and art.
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