Exhibits and experiences for explorers of all ages

Sea turtles swimming in sun-dappled water in a BigPicture winning photo by Renee Capozzola
OPEN DAILY

BigPicture

Our annual exhibition of the year's best nature photography transports you to where life is lush, unusual is beautiful, and animals inspire us to be more human.
Dwarf lionfish on exhibit at Academy looks at the camera with bulging eyes and intimidating spiky red fins
OPEN DAILY

Venom

Encounter an array of over a dozen venomous animal species from scorpionfish to assassin bugs to fire urchins in this potent Steinhart Aquarium exhibition.
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Events and activities to kick-start your curiosity

Digital visualization of a galaxy in space, with wordmark for Spark: The Universe in Us
NOW PLAYING

Spark: The Universe in Us

Everything we are was written in the stars. Discover the celestial origins of the building blocks of life in the Academy's newest original planetarium film.
NightLife guests groove to DJ tunes in front of the Philippine Coral Reef exhibit
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 illuminates the unusual intersection of art and science.
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World-changing science starts here

Corpse flower in Academys Osher Rainforest with butterfly resting on a petal. Photo by Gayle Laird
PHENOMENA

Our corpse flower unfurls

After five years of quietly growing and storing energy underground, Osher Rainforest's corpse flower is producing its first spectacular (and stinky) bloom.
Boy excitedly points up at fish in Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel at California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium
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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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  • Please note: Wander Woods and the East Garden will be closed through March 8. Spring in the Garden opens March 9!