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California Academy of Sciences

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Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-379-8000
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come...

The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way!) from the safety of your planetarium seat, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears—and an albino alligator—inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it's all inside the California Academy of Sciences.

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Having visited the old Cal Academy as a child, it was wonderful to visit it's modern reincarnation. The quality of exhibits, the access to everything as part of the admission, the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having visited the old Cal Academy as a child, it was wonderful to visit it's modern reincarnation. The quality of exhibits, the access to everything as part of the admission, the incredible aquariums... just fantastic.

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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did this as part of the CityPass. I really loved the CAoS, I would say more than even going to Alcatraz. We spent 3-4hrs here and don't think we saw everything. There was so many beautiful exhibits and interactive displays. I was worried that it would be crowed after reading the reviews but we felt it was quite quiet. The... More 

Thank Karroo17
Birchgrove, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this with my three boys aged 9, 7 and 5. There was plenty to do and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely for about three hours. The aquarium and planetarium exhibits are definitely highlights. The albino alligator is actually worth the trip just to see. We didn't do the tour but we have been told it is very much... More 

Thank Mark B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My fiance and I visited the academy of science while we were in SF last June and it was awesome! I have a degree in Biology, so science is one of my favorite topics. We saw many cool displays and interactive exhibits as well as animals from all over the world. The only negative for me was that some of... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun time do much to see. Sadly when we went the rainforest was closed but the rest was really cool a full day trip.

Thank DalyC16
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

California Academy of Sciences is the largest natural history Museum in the world. It is a home to more than 26 million specimens. Situated in the Golden Gate Park, the place is well known for its aquarium and rainforest exhibit. The Museum is a wonderful place for both tourists and those interested in knowing about the various species exhibited there.

Thank anugoel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This science center would be perfect for kids. Tons of hands on stuff to do! Lots to look at and explore. Very find and educational!

Thank Joey B
Midvale, Utah, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So we actually didn't make it to the California Academy of Sciences even though we had paid tickets through the City Pass. So I am writing this to help people maybe actually get there. There is a small parking lot to the front, but otherwise you have to park on the roads of the Golden Gate Park. When we went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The California Academy of sciences was amazing! The living roof was very cool and they had someone up there that explained it to you so you were't just looking at a roof but learning too. Seeing all of the animals was amazing and Claude the albino alligator was really interesting to see and learn about. I think the coolest things... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the BEST science museum I have ever been too! At first, the ticket price seemed expensive, but after everything you experience you no longer think the same way. We spent an entire day in there! (just hopped out for a quick lunch) If I lived closer I would definitely get an annual pass. I highly recommend it! There is... More 

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