Dear Hive members: The health and safety of our guests, members, staff, and community always come first. In response to the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines from local and state public health authorities, the Academy is currently closed to the public, and all related public programs and member events have been postponed or canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back to the museum when it is safe to do so.

Learn more about the Academy's response to COVID-19, and explore how you can enjoy Academy science from home.

Members of The Hive enjoy access to exclusive, curated events including scientist-led expeditions and excursions, exhibit openings, cocktail parties, lectures, citizen science workshops, and more.

Upcoming events

African Penguins at the California Academy of Sciences

Virtual Event: Behind-the-scenes with Penguins
Thursday, February 11 | 5:30 pm
Join us for an exclusive virtual event with Holly Rosenblum, Steinhart Aquarium Biologist, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the newest additions to the Academy's African penguin colony and learn more about our penguin care, enrichment and conservation efforts.

Please RSVP to hive@calacademy.org by February 5 for details.

Hive Bioblitz

Spring 2021
Hive Bioblitz

Bioblitzes are gatherings of scientists, citizen scientists, land managers, and more, all working together to find and identify as many different species as possible. Join us for the first annual Hive Bioblitz, where members will partner with Academy scientists to help provide invaluable data for researchers. 

Big Bang Party After Dark

Big Bang: Party After Dark

Hive members enjoy countless events, including complimentary tickets to the Bay's biggest bash of the year - Big Bang: Party After Dark ($175 ticket value). Hive members receive access to the VIP lounge.


2020 Hive Events

  • January 15: Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour
  • February 14: Adult Sleepover at the Academy
  • March 21: BioBlitz - canceled
  • April 23: Big Bang Party After Dark - canceled
  • May 20: The World's Largest Dinosaurs Exhibit Premiere - canceled
  • July 15: Virtual Event - Behind the Scenes Animal Care

2019 Hive Events

  • January 26: Volunteer Day with The Presidio Trust
  • February 20: Movie Night in Morrison Planetarium 
  • March 21: Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour
  • April 25: Big Bang: Party After Dark
  • May 11: Sugarloaf Observatory Star Party
  • June 12: Exhibit Premiere of Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity
  • July 9: Summer of the Arts & Sciences
  • August 28: Corporate Greening: Building Sustainable Companies
  • September 21: California Coastal Cleanup Day
  • October 31: 5th Annual Halloween NightLife Private Lounge
  • December 17: Winter Member Night

2018 Hive Events

  • January 20: Planting Party with Sloat Garden Center
  • February 15: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Academy Collections
  • March 27: Hive Movie Night in Morrison Planetarium
  • April 21: Lands End Coastal Nature Walk
  • May 10: Big Bang: Party After Dark
  • June 12: Giants of Land and Sea Exhibit Premiere
  • June 26: Summer of the Arts & Science
  • July 21: Volunteer Outing with Friends of the Urban Forest
  • August 23: Pub Trivia Night
  • September 22: St. George Spirits Tasting and Tour
  • October 25: 4th Annual Halloween NightLife Private Lounge
  • November 10: Tour of Golden Gate Park
  • December 11: Academy Member Holiday Night

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