'Tis the Season for Science
However you celebrate the holidays, a visit to the Academy should be at the top of your list. Science-lovers of all ages will revel in a festive array of winter-themed activities, can’t-miss events like Welcome Winter Night and NightLife: Santa Claude's Workshop, jolly live shows, falling snow—and, of course, nearly 60,000 animals eager to offer you their season’s greetings. Guests like you are a gift to us, and we look forward to making merry with you soon!
‘Tis the Season for Science is open daily from November 17, 2023, through January 7, 2024. View our special holiday hours here.
Flurries are in the forecast for San Francisco! Twirl under (non-allergenic, biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-staining) snow swirling in the Piazza twice an hour.
Music and magic
Take a break between exhibits to enjoy a live show! Over a dozen local cultural groups will perform in the Piazza, from choruses to Polynesian dancers to master magicians.
Interactive experiences abound on every floor of the museum: Slide into the Ice Lab to try on a blubber glove, see a penguin-themed puppet show, create a caribou craft, and tour the winter night sky in the planetarium. See program information below!
Drop by the Naturalist Center to discover how life thrives in polar climates. Touch a wolf pelt, examine snowflakes under a microscope, and learn about Indigenous climate leadership through specimens, books, and games.