See why the California Academy of Sciences is the Bay Area's most popular museum.
The newly refreshed rainforest features more dazzling butterflies and birds.
Now playing: Expedition Reef—the Academy's newest planetarium show.
Delight in our penguins' mealtime antics at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily.
Watch giant Amazonian arapaima glide overhead in our Flooded Forest tunnel.
A toothy T. Rex greets guests at the Academy's main entrance
At the only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-natural history museum on Earth, adventure is around every corner.
- Marvel at the deepest living coral reef tank on Earth.
- Have an out-of-galaxy experience in our 75-foot planetarium.
- Trek through a butterfly-filled four-story tropical rainforest.
Our lush, four-story rainforest is a slice of tropical paradise. Newly updated and teeming with exotic birds and butterflies, you'll forget you're in the middle of San Francisco. Be dazzled by:
- Butterflies hatching daily in our new emergence chamber
- 250 colorful, free-flying birds
- Giant Amazonian fish gliding below
Kimball Natural History Museum
Immerse yourself in hands-on exhibits that examine the past, present, and future of life on Earth. From dramatic displays to high-tech interactives, prepare to be captivated. Don't miss:
What to See
Juggling a packed vacation schedule or kids in tow? Our suggested itineraries will ensure your visit is action-packed even if it's time-crunched.
Take a Tour
Interested in learning more about our green building, how our aquarium works, or what lurks in our specimen collections? We've got a tour for that.
Party After Hours
Every Thursday evening, the Academy turns truly wild. Live entertainment, special demos, and creative cocktails make NightLife the place to be for the 21+ crowd.
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