• Front lobby of Academy with T. rex cast
    T. rex offers a toothy greeting to Academy guests.
  • 2 African penguins look curiously at the camera from within their habitat at the Academy
    Come face-to-flipper with our curious African penguins.
  • Exterior of Osher Rainforest glass dome inside the Academy
    Trek through a glass-enclosed tropical rainforest.
  • Gems and minerals on exhibit at the Academy
    Be dazzled by glittering gem and mineral displays.
  • 3 boys look out over the Academy's Living Roof
    Unleash your imagination atop our Living Roof.

Visit the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

Embark on epic science adventures from the heart of Golden Gate Park! Meet our nearly 60,000 animal residents, from a colony of playful African penguins to our lovable alligator with albinism, Claude. Zoom through the cosmos in our immersive 75-foot planetarium. Explore hands-on exhibits that showcase Earth’s dazzling biodiversity. And learn how the Academy is working to regenerate the natural world.


Iconic exhibits

Dwarf lionfish from Academy Venom exhibit stares straight at the camera

Steinhart Aquarium One of the most advanced and biodiverse aquariums in the world, our aquarium is home to over 1,000 animal species. Plunge into a 212,000-gallon living coral reef, encounter over a dozen venomous animals, and descend into the little-known twilight zone.

Morrison Planetarium Sit back, relax, and blast off to the outer reaches of the universe in one of the largest all-digital planetarium domes in the world. Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4. Multiple showtimes daily, reservations required.

Osher Rainforest Ascend into the canopy of a lush, four-story rainforest, housed in a spectacular glass dome as free-flying birds and butterflies soar above, enormous Amazonian fish swim below, and unusual insect, amphibian, and reptile species captivate guests along the way.

Kimball Natural History Museum Stroll past captivating dioramas of African landscapes and animals and immerse yourself in exhibits that examine the past, present, and future of life on Earth.


Events and programs

Cute photo of Claude the alligator with albinism with his mouth open

Animal programs Be sure to reserve some quality time with Claude and our penguins in our Swamp Talk (daily, 3:30 pm) and Penguin Feeding (daily, 10:30 am and 3 pm) programs.

VIP Tours Uncover the secrets of the Academy on this 45-minute tour of our research collections, private gem vault, and Living Roof. For ages 8+. Tour includes stairs and unpaved paths.

NightLife On Thursday nights, adults 21+ can enjoy live music, cocktails, and special activities and entertainment in addition to exploring the entire Academy after dark.

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers Unroll your sleeping bag next to your favorite Academy animals at this unforgettable overnight for kids ages 4-14 and their families.



Know before you go

  • Enjoy science safely: Please check our Health & Safety page for the latest vaccination and mask recommendations before your visit.
  • Plan ahead and save: Buy your tickets at least 3 days in advance to save $3-5 or more per ticket and guarantee availability on busy days.
  • See what's on: It's a great idea to check our Hours & Admission page before your visit as our schedule is subject to change due to holidays, special events, and exhibit maintenance.
  • Planetarium pointers: Planetarium passes are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive at the Academy, scan the QR code posted in the lobby to reserve a showtime. Please note that shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and children under 4 are not permitted.

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 a meal or snack at the Academy Café or Terrace Restaurant, offering local, sustainable, 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