California Academy of Sciences


Mission Statement

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof.


For more than 165 years, the California Academy of Sciences has explored the mysteries of the natural world and shared fascinating discoveries with millions of visitors. The Academy is more than a showcase of museum exhibits. Our educational programs -- from student laboratories to science lectures --are a core focus, both on the public floor and behind the scenes. Academy scientists explore the world's biodiversity hotspots through new lenses to promote conservation policies and practices. Through these programs and others, the Academy strives to be at the forefront of innovative science learning and discovery.
The Academy conducts groundbreaking research while also serving as a locus of informal science education and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship and scientific literacy among our visitors. The Academy goes beyond the role of the classical museum, with interactive educational programs that enrich engaging exhibit content, inspire curiosity, and encourage visitors to explore the wonders of the natural world. Through our exhibits and educational programs, the Academy inspires 1.3 million visitors annually, and millions more through our online resources, to discover the world and become better stewards of the Earth.

Program Details

About Research at the California Academy of Sciences The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences is at the forefront of efforts to understand two of the most important topics of our time: the nature and sustainability of life on Earth. Based in San Francisco, the Institute is home to more than 100 world-class scientists, state-of-the-art facilities, and nearly 46 million scientific specimens from around the world. The Institute also leverages the expertise and efforts of more than 100 international Associates and 400 distinguished Fellows. Through expeditions around the globe, investigations in the lab, and analysis of vast biological datasets, the Institute’s scientists work to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of organisms and ecosystems, the threats they face around the world, and the most effective strategies for sustaining them into the future. Through innovative partnerships and public engagement initiatives, they also guide critical sustainability and conservation decisions worldwide, inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists, and foster responsible stewardship of our planet.
About Education at the California Academy of Sciences The California Academy of Sciences is an innovative leader in efforts to increase scientific and environmental literacy worldwide. Based in San Francisco, the Academy is home to 170 science educators and communicators as well as more than 300 highly trained docents who engage people of all ages—both here in California and around the world—in the scientific concepts and issues that will shape our future. Through intensive partnerships with schools and teachers, innovative programs and exhibits for all ages, engaging online learning and digital media offerings, and immersive science visualization productions, Academy educators increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the natural world and inspire participants to help sustain the rich diversity of life on Earth.

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Climate Change
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
United States
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