Check out our current exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures. From frolicking penguins and out-of-this-world planetarium shows to scientist chats, nature crafts, and sleepovers, there's plenty to explore.
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On October 28, trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among eerie animals and spooky specimens.
Art meets nature in BigPicture, our annual exhibit of the best wildlife and conservation photography on Earth.
Ancient fossils, magnificent models, and hands-on pterosaur flight simulators await your exploration.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
The creatures come out at NightLife when the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling tribute to '80s horror.
Paleoanthropologist Dr. Bernard Wood speaks about his research on the origins of the genus Homo.
Learn about our (hungry!) African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. Feedings occur twice daily.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy’s exhibits, live animals, and research. Tours offered daily.
Get ready for the wildest sleepover ever! Tickets are selling fast, so make your reservations today.
Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.
Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.
The Kimball Natural History Museum explores the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.
Dive into one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.
In nature, color is so much more than just décor.
Take a kinetic journey through seismic phenomena and explore how they fit into Earth's geologic history.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Our living roof is more than beautiful—it's the heart of the Academy.
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.
Explore some of the animal kingdom's most outrageous (and successful) strategies for meeting and mating.
Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.
Curiosity Grove is an all-new California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.
Get hands-on at the Naturalist Center with real specimens, hundreds of books and films, and interactive games.
Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.