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.
- Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Journey through the Mesozoic era with the largest flying animals that ever lived, on view through Jan. 7, 2018. Experience life-size models, an interactive flight simulator, real fossils and much more as you discover these creatures from an exotic order all their own, neither bird nor dinosaur, with massive wingspans, technicolor crests and fuzzy coats.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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+