Mission: A San Francisco treasure for over 155 years, the California Academy of Sciences is the only institution in the world to combine a museum, aquarium, planetarium, and world-class research and education programs under one roof. This unique combination allows visitors to explore everything from the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest to the outer reaches of the Universe—all in single visit.
The mission of the California Academy of Sciences today is as much about the future as the past, as much about ensuring a healthy future for life as understanding its development. Its programs of research and education focus on the evolution of life, its diversity, and its sustainability. Through active research around the world, inspiring exhibitions and innovative education programs, the Academy is addressing the two biggest scientific questions of our day: “Life—how did it get here?” and, “Life—how will it persist?”
The Academy of Sciences includes eleven scientific research departments - anthropology, aquatic biology, botany, comparative genomics, entomology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, ornithology and mammalogy.
Programs: Educational exhibits and events bring the message of Academy of Sciences research to the public. Each year, nearly one million visitors experience the wonders of the earth, ocean and space in the Academy of Sciences' natural history museum, aquarium and planetarium. Special exhibits and public programs provide unique opportunities to discover information ranging from the evolution of life on Earth to endangered species, human cultures and planetary exploration.
I LOVE this unique museum, research and educational institution. This is the place that recently discovered the sharks are warm blooded which led to the finding that many fish (including tuna) are also warm blooded. And discovered 50 new major species in the Philippines last year.
This is also the place where you can see penguins and kids can enjoy the white alligator.
And it's the place where school kids from San Francisco get great scientific education.