55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

The California Academy of Sciences is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens. It is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth.

Earth has always been a place of constant flux, but the change accelerating around us today is far from natural. Plant and animal species are vanishing at a rate unmatched since the age of the dinosaurs—in many cases before we can even name them.

The Academy’s programs of research, education, and public engagement are cause for optimism in urgent times, helping people of all ages to hone science-literate brains and the passion to protect biodiversity. In our day-to-day work and overarching goals, we're guided by a mission statement as profound as it is simple: to Explore, Explain, and Sustain life on Earth.

The main venues of the museum include the following:

  • Morrison Planetarium - features the largest completely digital planetarium dome in the world
  • Rainforests of the World - rainforest exhibit enclosed in a 90 feet (27 m) glass dome
  • Steinhart Aquarium - includes exhibits of coral reef, tidepool, and swamp habitats; as well as a colony of African penguins
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