• Snowman Theater features a giant snowman with a theater inside.
    Enjoy ice skating at 'Tis the Season for Science—opening November 22
  • African penguins on exhibit in African Hall
    Delight in our penguins' mealtime antics: Feedings at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily
  • A man marvels at the giant arapaima fish from below in the Amazon Flooded Forest tunnel
    Watch giant Amazonian fish glide overhead in our Flooded Forest tunnel
  • T. Rex stands guard in the Academy lobby
    A toothy T. Rex greets guests at the Academy's main entrance
  • The rolling hills of San Francisco are echoed by the Academys living roof
    The Living Roof provides habitat for native plant and animal species—and a unique vista for guests

Coming to San Francisco this holiday season? Make sure a visit to the Bay Area's most popular museum is at the top of your list.

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.
  • Zoom across the Universe in our 75-foot planetarium.
  • Trek through a butterfly-filled four-story tropical rainforest.

Starting November 22, experience a winter wonderland at the Academy. ‘Tis the Season for Science features ice skating, an interactive, Arctic-themed exhibit—and indoor snow flurries!


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. Introduce yourself to these aquarium all-stars:


Morrison Planetarium

Inside the Morrison Planetarium

Morrison Planetarium is one of the largest and most advanced all-digital domes in the world. Pick a show or watch all three—your admission ticket includes unlimited planetarium passes:


Osher Rainforest

A view of the indoor rainforest dome by Tim Griffith

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

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. 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.