• African penguins on exhibit in African Hall
  • A man marvels at the giant arapaima fish from below in the Amazon Flooded Forest tunnel
  • T. Rex stands guard in the Academy lobby
  • The rolling hills of San Francisco are echoed by the Academys living roof

The California Academy of Sciences is the only place on Earth where you can explore an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all in the same day.

Marvel at the deepest living coral reef tank on Earth. Adventure across the Universe in our state-of-the-art planetarium. Trek through an indoor, four-story tropical rainforest. Explore a diverse array of cutting-edge, interactive exhibits.

Your trip to the Academy starts here.  


Steinhart Aquarium

A trio of African penguins poses on a rock in their habitat

Our world-renowned aquarium is home to nearly 40,000 live animals representing over 900 separate species. Dive into these other aquarium highlights:

Morrison Planetarium

Inside the Morrison Planetarium

Morrison Planetarium is home to one of the largest and most advanced all-digital domes in the world. Pick a show or binge-watch all three:

Osher Rainforest

A view of the indoor rainforest dome by Tim Griffith

Our lush, four-story rainforest is a slice of tropical paradise. Teeming with exotic birds and butterflies, you'll forget you're in the middle of San Francisco. Prepare to experience:

  • Butterflies hatching daily in our new emergence chamber
  • 250 colorful, free-flying birds  
  • Giant Amazonian fish gliding below 

Kimball Natural History Museum

Two Hunter’s hartebeest pose majestically in an African Hall diorama

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. What to explore:

Plan Your Visit

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.