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.

New & Featured

SuperNatural Halloween 2017

SuperNatural 2017 halloween party at the Academy of Sciences

On October 28, trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among eerie animals and spooky specimens.

BigPicture 2017

A red-faced group of Japanese macaques by Alexandre Bonnefoy

Art meets nature in BigPicture, our annual exhibit of the best wildlife and conservation photography on Earth.

Creatures of the NightLife

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Peaches
October 26 at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at NightLife when the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling tribute to '80s horror.

Event Highlights

The Origins of the Genus Homo

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A profile view of the skull of an early genus Homo specimen.
October 25 at 7:00 pm

Paleoanthropologist Dr. Bernard Wood speaks about his research on the origins of the genus Homo.

Penguin Feeding

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Three African Penguins
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Learn about our (hungry!) African penguin colony from an Academy biologist. Feedings occur twice daily.

Tours and Specialty Programs

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Collections tour

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy’s exhibits, live animals, and research. Tours offered daily.

Iconic Exhibits

Osher Rainforest

Madagascar Day Gecko

Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.

Morrison Planetarium

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A crowd listens to a planetarium presented inside the vast, all-digital dome of Morrison Planetarium.

Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.

Steinhart Aquarium

Jellyfish

Dive into one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.

Ongoing Exhibits

Color of Life

Color of Life

In nature, color is so much more than just décor.

Tusher African Hall

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Visitors wander through African Hall, filled with dioramas on both sides and an African penguin colony at the far end.

Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.

Living Roof

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The Living Roof

Our living roof is more than beautiful—it's the heart of the Academy.

Human Odyssey

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Visitors explore the Human Odyssey exhibit.

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.

The Swamp

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Claude the albino alligator sits on his rock in the Academy's Swamp exhibit

Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.

Philippine Coral Reef

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Philippine Coral Reef

Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.

Water Planet

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The Water Planet exhibit's blue glow creates a beautiful place for exploring watery adaptations.

Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.

California Coast

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Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Animal Attraction

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A pair of colorful file fish welcome visitors to the Animal Attraction exhibit.

Explore some of the animal kingdom's most outrageous (and successful) strategies for meeting and mating.

Project Lab

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Researchers work in the Project Lab while Academy visitors look on.

Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.

Hands-on Exhibits

Curiosity Grove

The iconic climbing tree framed by an all-new colorful mural inside the new Curiosity Grove educational play space.

Curiosity Grove is an all-new California forest-themed playspace designed to help young imaginations soar.

Naturalist Center

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A visitor inspecting the Naturalist Center cabinets filled with specimens, books, and more.

Get hands-on at the Naturalist Center with real specimens, hundreds of books and films, and interactive games.

Discovery Tidepool

Discovery Tidepool

Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.

Fancy Fish

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