Explore an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof in Golden Gate Park. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem will delight visitors of all ages, while immersive planetarium shows will transport you through space and time for a new perspective on our planet. A variety of programs—from penguin feedings and conversations with real scientists to hands-on programs just for kids—offer a wealth of opportunities to dive deeper.
- Stay Overnight with Penguins+Pajamas
Get ready for the wildest sleepover ever and experience your own night at the museum with a family-friendly sleepover. Explore exhibits after hours, settle in for story-time and roll out your sleeping bag next to swaying kelp or face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator.
- NightLife at the Academy
Every Thursday night, the museum transforms into San Francisco’s most popular cultural night spot—a lively venue filled with music, creatures and cocktails. Each week features a live band or DJ and a unique theme, from pop-up art galleries to film screenings to beer tastings, blending fun with science in a social environment. For adults ages 21+
- Color of Life
Discover nature's secret language and explore the world of color like never before. Vibrant live animals and stunning interactive exhibits illustrate the dazzling — and often surprising — role that color plays in the natural world.