• The California Academy of Sciences
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  • Live reindeer at 'Tis the Season exhibit
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  • Steinhart Aquarium
  • Earthquake!
  • Visit the deepest Coral Reef tank in the world!
  • Osher Rainforest

Look Who You Might Run Into

Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.

Creature Closeups Gallery

Pierre the penguin

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

January 4th at 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:45 pm

How did life on Earth begin? Discover the incredible cosmic roots of the human pedigree!

January 4th at 1:00 pm

Learn about the winter survival strategies of whales and other animals in this game-show-style trivia contest.

January 6th at 1:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating adaptations of rays, sharks, and other ocean cruisers.

For Kids
January 17th at 6:00 pm

Listen to the evening songs of rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star.

For Adults
February 4th at 4:45 pm, 6:00 pm

Become a Master Birder! This advanced class will be 1 year in duration, with 11 classes and field trips.

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    Academy Expeditions

    We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).

    2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

Explore our Library of Life

Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.

Specimen Spotlights Gallery


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