Awe-inspiring exhibits for explorers of all ages

Interior view of BigPicture photography exhibit in the Academy Piazza
OPEN DAILY

BigPicture

Our annual exhibition of the year's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography invites you to bask in our planet's beauty—and feel moved to protect it.
View of guest from the back staring at giant jaws of extinct shark
OPEN DAILY

Sharks

Discover the beauty, complexity, and vulnerability of our ocean's misunderstood apex predators in the Academy's new exhibit, created by Grande Experiences.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

Morrison Planetarium interior with Living Worlds scene displayed on screen
NOW PLAYING

Living Worlds

Is anybody out there? In our newest planetarium show, see how surprising discoveries about life on Earth could help us detect alien life light years away.
Claude the alligator with albinism against a starry background
THURSDAYS | 6-10 PM | 21+

NightLife is back!

You're probably overdue for a nocturnal adventure. Join us every Thursday evening for creatures, cocktails, and the magic of the museum at night.
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World-changing science starts here

Composite illustration of marine, terrestrial, and forest ecosystems
OUR WORK

Mission: Regeneration

To stop biodiversity loss and fight climate change, we must regenerate critical ecosystems—and see ourselves as part of, not apart from, the natural world. 
Masked aquarium guest comes face to face with an orange rockfish
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Join, renew, or donate

Celebrate the Academy's reopening by visiting for free all year long—and supporting our biodiversity research, education, and access initiatives while you're at it.
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GIVING TUESDAY
All gifts triple-matched!
Jump-start your generosity this season: Celebrate Giving Tuesday with a gift to the Academy! All donations received by 12 am on November 30 will be tripled-matched up to $75,000 by three generous sponsors.