55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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Let the Wonder Begin

Built for Speed - Now Open
From speedy ocean animals to the world’s fastest sailboats, find out what it takes to be swift at sea. Learn more
Human Odyssey
Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history in a dramatic addition to Tusher African Hall. Learn more
Earthquakes Happen
Explore the jolting science behind plate tectonics, which shape the planet and impact our lives. Learn more
The Aquarium
Meet Nemo, a colony of penguins, and 38,000 other live animals from around the world. Learn more
The Natural History Museum
Explore how life evolved on Earth, and what we can do to help conserve its diversity. Learn more
The Planetarium
Fly through space and time, and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home. Learn more
The Rainforest
Journey through a four-story rainforest that is hot, humid, and teeming with life. Learn more
Programs & Events
Thursdays from 6–10 pm
Enjoy music, creatures & cocktails after-hours with a unique weekly theme.
May 6-12
Play the Migration Game, use a field guide to ID birds, and earn a special certificate.
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm
Meet Academy scientists exploring and sustaining biodiversity around the globe.
Daily at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm
Meet our African Penguin colony, and ask a biologist your questions.
Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver plunges into the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit.
Wednesdays at 9:45 am
Join hands-on activities, stories & crafts with rotating themes (ages 3–5).
Daily at 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Get moving and discover how fish use their bodies to swim through water.
Saturdays and Sundays
From Apollo to asteroids, learn about the fastest things moving through space.
Dive deeper with exclusive access to the aquarium or research collections.
Ongoing series
Hear from noted experts in astronomy and space science.
May 19
Join us for a special Members’ Night celebration of our newest exhibit.
Ongoing series
Prepare for a wild night! Join a Penguins + Pajamas sleepover, for ages 5+.
News & Highlights
Sea Lion Strandings
The Marine Mammal Center aids statewide efforts to rescue stranded sea lion pups.
Reimagine Plastic
How would you stem the tide of plastic trash in the ocean? Share your ideas!
Academy Store
Find unique, locally sourced gifts for Mother’s Day at our new online storefront.
Pocket Penguins
Watch our live penguin cam, now on BlackBerry 10 and other mobile devices.
Invasive Lionfish
Scientists track the species’ impact as lionfish spread throughout the Caribbean.
Skywatcher’s Guide
Download the new 2013 Pocket Almanac or pick up your copy in the Naturalist Center.
Biodiversity and Disease
Researchers quantify the economic and health benefits of biodiversity.
You and iNaturalists
Help scientists survey and document the natural world.
Human Odyssey
Retrace humanity’s path from our African origins to our spread across the globe.
California Wildflowers
This spring, appreciate colorful blooms with our online herbarium.
The Problem with Plastics
Digital Learning teens present their solutions on how to remake plastics.
3D Digitizing Project
See the unique beauty of the world’s ant species, compiled by Academy scientists.
Our Mission
The Academy is driven by a mission to Explore, Explain, and Sustain Life.
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