Nearly 40,000 animals (and over 400 humans) eagerly await your return to the Academy! As you plan your visit, please note the following health and safety updates:
- Morrison Planetarium, Curiosity Grove, Naturalist Center, and Discovery Tidepool will remain temporarily closed, and the interactive elements in some exhibits have been disabled or modified.
- Entry into Osher Rainforest and the Shake House is by reservation only: When you arrive, scan the QR codes posted in the lobby to select an entry time.
- To reduce crowding, public programs are no longer scheduled at specific times. Instead, look forward to "pop-up" programs on every floor and in our outdoor spaces.
For more information, please view the FAQs on our reopening page.
New & Featured
The Academy's holiday tradition returns with real reindeer and outdoor snow flurries! Open daily Nov. 20-Jan. 3.
We know you love the tree-dwelling, slow-moving mammals, but what do you know about sloth science?
Encounter an eye-catching array of 12+ venomous species in the Academy's newest aquarium exhibit—now open!
Experience an awe-inspiring exhibit of 2020's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography—now open!
Explore Chile’s giant telescopes in the Academy’s newest planetarium show, livestreaming every Wednesday.
Come face-to-fin with nearly 40,000 animals—from deep-sea oddities to Claude, our albino American alligator.
Please note: Morrison Planetarium is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this exhibit soon!
Explore a living 4-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds. Reservations required.
Explore hands-on exhibits, fascinating specimens, and the latest research conducted by Academy scientists.
Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic gem and mineral specimens from the Academy's geology collection.
Descend into the twilight zone, where sunlight is scarce and every dive yields surprising discoveries.
Explore Northern California's larger-than-life natural wonders in the Academy's newest major exhibit.
Live animals and hands-on exhibits reveal the significant role color plays across a vibrant spectrum of species.
Alligator snapping turtles and colorful freshwater fish circle the albino American alligator known as Claude.
Watch reef fish dart through colorful forests of coral while giant rays sail gracefully under your feet.
Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.
Rolling hills and 1.7 million plants create an oasis for native species atop the Academy's 2.5-acre living roof.
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.
Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.
Get a glimpse of the richness right off our coast and gaze at rockfish, eels, a giant Pacific octopus, and more.
Watch Academy scientists prepare specimens and conduct real research at this unique hybrid of exhibit and lab.
Please note: Curiosity Grove is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this space soon!
Please note: Naturalist Center is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this space soon!
Please note: Discovery Tidepool is temporarily closed. We look forward to reopening this exhibit element soon!