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The Academy is now open to the public!

We want to make sure you have all the info you need to plan a visit that's as safe as it is fun. Explore this page for an overview of what to see and do at the museum, and check out our reopening page to reserve tickets, view health and safety information, and browse an extensive FAQ.

Thank you for your patience and support during our closure, and we can't wait to see you soon!

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Featured exhibits

A bark scorpion fluoresces under ultraviolet light

Two all-new exhibits are ready for you to explore—and nearly 40,000 animals have been waiting months to reunite with you! Please note that some exhibits have been modified for your safety, and Morrison Planetarium, Curiosity Grove, Naturalist Center, and Discovery Tidepool will remain temporarily closed until further notice. For exhibit update details, please view the "Exhibit closures and reservations" section of the reopening FAQ.

NEW! Venom: Fangs, Stingers, and Spines
Encounter over a dozen venomous animals that bite, sting, and stun in the Academy's newest aquarium exhibit.

NEW! BigPicture: Natural World Photography
Experience the Piazza's transformation into a gallery of the year's best nature, wildlife, and conservation photography.

Steinhart Aquarium
One of the most advanced and biodiverse aquariums in the world, the aquarium is home to the world's deepest living indoor coral reef, a colony of African penguins, and nearly 40,000 live animals representing over 900 species—including some you won’t find in any other aquarium.

Kimball Natural History Museum
Explore majestic dioramas of African landscapes and animals and immerse yourself in exhibits that examine the evolution—and future—of life on Earth.

Osher Rainforest
Trek through a lush, four-story rainforest, housed in a spectacular glass dome while free-flying tropical birds and butterflies soar above and enormous Amazonian fish swim below. Reservations required: Scan the QR code in the lobby or at the rainforest entrance to reserve an entry time.

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Events & programs

Two reindeer graze in the East Garden

While scheduled public programs, NightLife, lectures, and sleepovers are not currently available, exciting pop-up activations and demonstrations will occur on every floor as well as our outdoor spaces.

COMING SOON! 'Tis the Season for Science
Celebrate the season at the Academy's annual holiday tradition with outdoor snow flurries, festive decor, and two resident reindeer. November 20–January 3. 

NEW! VIP Tour
Head off the beaten track atop the Academy's lush 2.5-acre living roof on this 45-minute tour where you'll encounter native plants in bloom, take in breathtaking views, and learn about the impressive feats of green engineering right under your feet. Includes VIP entrance to Osher Rainforest and Shake House and 10% off shopping and dining. $24.95/$19.95 members.

NEW! Big Astronomy livestream
While Morrison Planetarium remains closed, we're livestreaming our newest planetarium show every week on YouTube—for free! Tune in on Wednesdays at 11:30 am PT for an eye-opening exploration of Chile's epic telescopes. 

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What to see and do

Only have an hour or two? Make the most of your visit with this guide to the Academy's can't-miss visitor favorites.

Where to eat

Relax and refuel during your visit and enjoy an outdoor meal or snack at the Academy Café, offering sustainable, local, grab-and-go cuisine.

Just for kids

Academy exhibits and programs are designed with kids in mind. Check out our top tips for parents traveling with tots.  

Contact us
Have questions about the Academy? We're here to help.  
(415) 379-8000