Since opening the New Academy 10 years ago, we’ve welcomed 15 million visitors, discovered more than 1,500 new species, and watched our indoor rainforest reach new heights. We can't wait to see what blooms next.

On September 27, 2018, the New Academy turned 10!

We're celebrating a decade of world-changing science in our new green building—and a passionate community of supporters who make milestones like these possible:

Help us continue to be the Bay Area's home for science—and an oasis of science innovation around the world—by contributing to our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life.

10 Years of the New Academy

Revisit Our Victories

10 years of Academy science breakthroughs—one awe-inspiring video. 

Academy docent introduces two delighted young guests to a python

Join the Celebration

Watching our visitors build lasting connections with the natural world makes our work meaningful. We're returning the favor by hosting three exciting events: Community Free Days, Anniversary NightLife, and Nature Day.

Glass enclosed indoor rainforest at the Academy

The Greenest Museum

When we broke ground for our new building, we also broke records. See how the Academy became the first museum on Earth to earn a double LEED Platinum rating.

Vibrant coral reef with anemone and coral reef

Major Initiatives

From coral reef restoration to environmental literacy, our current initiatives aren't just in progress—they are progress.


You give. She gets.
The best way to celebrate 10 years of the New Academy? Help her get her hands dirty. Thanks for supporting scientific breakthroughs at the touch tank—and around the world.