California Academy of Sciences California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

The San Francisco museum encourages visitors to explore and appreciate the natural world through the lens of science.

Viewing the World through a Scientific Lens

California Academy of Sciences

In 1853, the California Academy of Sciences was established as the first scientific academy west of the Atlantic seaboard. Since its founding, the organization has undergone various iterations; twice, earthquakes have forced the San Francisco museum to rebuild and reshape its vision. Today, the academy is composed of three primary institutions: the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Kimball Natural History Museum. These institutions, combined with world-class education and research programs, offer audiences of all ages exposure to the wonders of nature. Central to the academy's work is to remove barriers for audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and financial means to participate in these engaging programs and leave the academy inspired to enjoy and preserve our natural world.

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