California Academy of Sciences Highlights

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Visit and discover fascinating exhibits like the Steinhardt Aquarium, featuring over 40,000 live animals, the four-storey Osher Rainforest, the Kimball Natural History Museum, and the Morrison Planetarium with its unique stardome. In addition to permanent exhibits, you can opt to visit temporary exhibits on a huge variety of revolving subjects.

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Bursting with Life

From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers growing on the roof, the California Academy of Sciences building is bursting with life. A four-storey living rainforest and an awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home.

A Learning Adventure

The California Academy of Sciences combines a variety of learning institutions in one. Visit a planetarium, see underwater life in the aquarium, explore a real-life rainforest, and discover the science behind it all in a natural history museum.

Revolving Exhibitions

The California Academy of Sciences hosts a variety of revolving exhibitions. You can choose to explore a diverse range of topics, from black holes to pterosaurs, gemstones to earthquakes.

Special Events

The Academy hosts a variety of special events, like behind-the-scenes tours, lectures, workshops, themed sleepovers and late night openings. Talk to staff for information about what's on, and to upgrade your ticket.

Have a look at our San Francisco Attraction Packages

Enhance your sightseeing experience with a ticket that includes our San Francisco bus tour along with attraction entry.