55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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About Us 

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

The new facility is also home to the Academy's staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 26 million specimens and artifacts.

Our Mission

The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to explore, explain and protect the natural world.

Our Values and Ethics

All those involved with the Academy share a commitment to high standards both within the organization and in dealing with others.

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Education and Research

The Academy is an international center for scientific education and research and is at the forefront of efforts to understand and protect the diversity of Earth’s living things. The Academy has a staff of over 50 professional educators and Ph.D.-level scientists, supported by more than 100 Research and Field Associates and over 300 Fellows. It hosts 11 fields of research, including anthropology, aquatic biology, botany, comparative genomics, entomology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology,mammalogy and ornithology. The Academy’s research collections, which are among the world’s largest, include more than 26 million specimens—essential tools for comparative studies on the history and future of the natural world.

Management Team

Gregory C. Farrington, Ph.D., Executive Director,
William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
Elizabeth Babcock, Ph.D., Chief Public Engagement Officer,
Roberts Dean of Education
Alison Brown, Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Felder, Chief Marketing Officer
Terrence M. Gosliner, Ph.D., Dean of Science and Research Collections,
Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Chair
Janet Harris, Chief Development Officer

Board of Trustees

Bruce Alberts, Ph.D.
James N. Alexander
John C. Atwater, Chair
Matthew Barger
Richard C. Blum
Teresa Briggs
Dan Carroll
Peter Y. Chung
Penny Coulter
Troy Daniels
William F. Duhamel
Peter Fenton
John H.N. Fisher
Randi Fisher
Peter M. Folger
Mark Gaumond
Edward A. Gilhuly
Rosemary Gillespie, Ph.D.
Diane Greene
John Hafernik, Ph.D., President
Harry Hagey
Glenn W. Holsclaw


Nelson Ishiyama
Oliver Jenkyn
David M. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Salman Khan
Roger Kuo
Sharon Long, Ph.D.
Susan Oberndorf
Emilie Munger Ogden
Elizabeth R. Patterson
Gary Pinkus
William S. Price, III
Marta Salas-Porras
Wendy Schmidt
Kurt N. Simon
Jill Tarter, Ph.D.
Thomas W. Tusher
Virginia Goss Tusher, Ph.D.
Jerome C. Vascellaro
Geerat Vermeij, Ph.D.
Summer Tompkins Walker
Richard Yorke
Adrienne L. Zihlman, Ph.D.
Mary Zlot

Friends Steering Committee

Leith Brooks Barry
Sydney Bernier Fisher
Laura Brugger
Lyman H. Casey
Suzie Coleman
Penny Coulter
Elizabeth S. Fisher
Gretchen Frank
Joann Franklin-Knox
Lisa Goldman
Jane Gruber
Lauren Hall
Jennifer Hatfield
Linda Howell
Kate Krehbiel
Kathryn Lasater
Jennifer E. Lively
Chris Mattison
Betsy McDermott


Janet B. McKinley
Tina Moghadam
Jackie Nemerovski
Susan Oberndorf
Leslie Olrich
Julie Parish
Liebe Patterson
Mary Read
Victoire Reynal Brown
Amy Salisbury
Stacey Scott
Jenny Stegall
Christine Stovell
Lucy Bowen Taylor
Pasha Thornton
Summer Tompkins Walker
Dyan Triffo
Ashley Waltemath
Letitia Yang



The Academy adheres to industry standards in the museum and aquarium communities. The Academy is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Steinhart Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

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