California Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1853 as the first scientific institution in the West, the California Academy of Sciences’ mission is to explore and explain the natural world. With eight scientific research departments, the Academy’s natural history collections are utilized by scientists from around the world. Our scientists discover, collect and study invaluable specimens of animals, plants, minerals and anthropological artifacts from around the world. As the museum’s valuable collections of natural history specimens have grown, so have the public exhibits. Educational exhibits and events bring the message of Academy research to the public with the goal of inspiring concern over our natural environment.

Address: 875 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103