Step inside a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life—from free-flying birds to exotic reptiles, amphibians, golden silk orb-weaver spiders, and enormous Amazonian fish that glide overhead.

Inside the dome, a magnificent, neotropical rainforest stretches 90 feet above. Following the spiral path up through the sphere, you'll encounter three levels of rainforest from three distinct ecosystems: a Bornean forest floor, a Madagascan mid-story, and the canopy of a Costa Rican forest.

From the canopy, plunge (via elevator) four stories down for a below-the-surface view of an Amazonian flooded forest. At each stage of the journey, you'll come face-to-face with some of the incredible animals that call these forests home.

A brilliant blue Morpho butterfly rests on a railing inside the Osher Rainforest.

Animals of the Rainforest

More than 1,600 live animals reside in our rainforest dome, including 250 free-flying birds and butterflies and close to 100 exotic reptiles and amphibians. From the bright flashes of blue morpho butterflies to the jewel-like colors of poison-dart frogs, you'll see fauna at its most dazzling.

An image of the exterior of the dome, reflecting the many round windows in the living roof above.

About the Dome

Housed within a spectacular 90-foot-diameter glass dome, our rainforest exhibit is the largest of its kind in the world. With temperatures of 82–85 degrees and humidity at 75 percent or above, it will instantly transport you to some of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

A lizard rests atop a large leaf in the Osher Rainforest.

Tropical Flora

The rainforest's living plants include trees like the Brazilian beauty leaf and West Indies mahogany, dozens of shrubs—including Theobrama cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made—and hundreds of flowering plants, from begonias and philodendrons to orchids and bromeliads.

A view from the flooded forest tunnel of arapaima and other large fish swimming overhead.

The Flooded Forest

Surround yourself with hundreds of tropical, freshwater fish by taking the flooded forest tunnel, a transparent passage that plunges right through our 100,000-gallon Amazonian tank. See piranhas and cichlids dart through the roots of a mangrove cluster while giant arapaima soar overhead.

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Into the Canopy

The Academy's Chief of Science and Sustainability, Dr. Meg Lowman, is one of the world's experts in rainforest canopies—and was one of the first scientists to climb into the treetops and begin documenting the incredible biodiversity found there. 

Meg Lowman in the Canopy

Rainforest Hours

Rainforest Hours

Rainforests of the World opens at 10 am each day—slightly later than the rest of the museum, which allows biologists time to check up on its many residents.