California Academy of Sciences

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

Photos by Tim Griffith

The African Hall

The new African Hall is home to five live animal displays, including African penguins.

Living Roof

The 2.5-acre living roof is planted with nine species of native California plants that provide habitat for local wildlife. The seven inches of soil substrate on the roof act as natural insulation, and every year will keep approximately 2 million gallons of rainwater from becoming stormwater.

The Morrison Planetarium

The 75-foot-diameter planetarium screen, made of perforated aluminum panels, matches the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the largest planetarium screen in North America.

Solar Canopy

The solar canopy creates a special quality of light, which architect Renzo Piano describes as "vibrating light."

Philippine Coral Reef Tank

The 212,000-gallon coral reef display,the largest in the world, can be seen from below through a series of five windows.

Rainforest Dome Exterior

Inside the four-story rainforest dome are live rainforest specimen from Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the Amazon.

Rainforest Dome Interior

A winding ramp allows visitors to explore the different levels of the rainforest. A 100,000-gallon tank achors the exhibit.

Swamp Tank

This popular exhibit houses alligators and alligator snapping turtles.

"Where the Land Meets the Sea"

A 36-foot by 60-foot wire landscape by artist Maya Lin that depicts the topography of San Francisco Bay.

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