California Academy of Sciences

Family , City , Organization , Museums , Science Museum


Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way!) from the safety of your planetarium seat, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears - and an albino alligator - inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it's all inside the California Academy of Sciences.


Sharks -
(New Exhibit)

Whether it's passionate obsession or primal fear, sharks elicit everything but indifference. Discover the incredible animals behind the sensational headlines in the Academy's newest exhibit--now open daily.


Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays while sipping creative cocktails, and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet, and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows will take you even farther afield.   Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme – from salsa dancing to sustainable seafood and beyond.

Thursdays 6pm-10pm, 21+

Museum Free Days

Quarterly Free Sundays - One Sunday per quarter, admission is free to the general public. Early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. 

San Francisco Neighborhood Free Days - Residents of San Francisco can enjoy free admission on a designated weekend each spring and fall, according to ZIP code.

SF Neighborhood Free Day schedule

Admission to the Academy is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Please note that some visitors may experience a wait at the front entrance during peak times and on free days.

Image Credit: Last Image - Photo of California Academy of Sciences roof by Claudia Lorusso,

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55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA



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California Academy of Sciences Event Calendar


Spring in the Garden

10am-4pm at California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences: Party After Dark

8:30 pm at California Academy of Sciences

Earth to NightLife feat. Deep Look at Cal Academy

6:00 PM at California Academy of Sciences

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