Donor tidepooling excursion at Pillar Point

Throughout the year, Academy supporters are invited to a suite of exciting, exclusive, curated events, from scientist-led field expeditions to exhibit and planetarium show premieres, guest lectures, and more.

For more information or to RSVP to these or other events, please contact us at or 415-379-5420. Please note that all events are subject to change.

Upcoming events

Please note: In response to the latest COVID-19 guidelines and information from local and state public health authorities, the Academy will be temporarily closed to the public, effective March 12 at 5:00 pm. At this time, the closure will continue through April 7. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Academy soon!

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Big Bang Gala & Party After Dark - CANCELED
April 23, 2020
Celebrate a year of scientific breakthroughs with electrifying entertainment, delectable food and drink, and a shared commitment to advance the Academy’s mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. Visit the gala webpage for updates.

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture: Asteroid Mining: Stepping Stones to Solar System Exploration
May 4, 2020
Curator-level supporters and above receive free admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy lectures. Discover the potential rewards of mining the asteroids for valuable resources!

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour
May 6, 2020
Platinum Circle supporters are invited to join Academy scientists behind-the-scenes to view specimens from our Entomology & Ichthyology collections inspired by the Academy’s new exhibit, Venom.

Exhibit Premiere: The World’s Largest Dinosaurs - POSTPONED
May 20, 2020
The dinosaurs called sauropods grew to 150 feet in length and roamed the planet for 140 million years. Experience these super-sized success stories at a new exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Partner Symposium
June 2020
Eastwood Associate Legacy Giving Society supporters are invited to join supporters of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for a reception and symposium. Date and theme to be announced.

Summer Member Night
June 2020
Members, Friends of the Academy, and Platinum Circle supporters are invited to an action-packed evening at the museum featuring performances, scientist chats, and educational activities.