Awe-inspiring exhibits for explorers of all ages

A masked boy and girl play inside a structure made of interwoven branches in Wander Woods at the Academy
OPEN DAILY

Wander Woods

Something wild has sprouted in the East Garden! Our new playspace sparks young imaginations with climbable boulders, leapable logs, and buildable dens.
View of guest from the back staring at giant jaws of extinct shark
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Sharks

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

Interior of Morrison Planetarium with scene from Living Worlds on screen
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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.
Photo collage of Claude the alligator with albinism against a starry sky
THURSDAYS | 6-10 PM | 21+

NightLife

Wonder what our animals get up to once the sun goes down? Find out at the Academy’s weekly event that celebrates the unusual intersection of art and science.
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World-changing science starts here

Underwater photo of Limacia inesae sea slug by Miguel Pontes
BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

70 new species in 2021!

From psychedelic sea slugs to limbless amphibians, Academy scientists added 70 eye-popping new plant and animal species to the tree of life this year.
A masked adult couple look at a giant rockfish in the California Coast exhibit
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Keep up with your favorite creatures by visiting for free all year long—and support our research, education, and access initiatives while you're at it.
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  • Heads up! For visits on 2/1 and beyond, all guests 12+ must provide proof of a booster shot, if eligible. Learn more