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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
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Description: 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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Good day out, would recommend but not return

The overall experience was good, the exhibits were well laid out and very informative. I enjoyed how it gave you an overview of things as well as a local perspective. We arrived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The overall experience was good, the exhibits were well laid out and very informative. I enjoyed how it gave you an overview of things as well as a local perspective. We arrived about 11 and left at 2, I feel like 3 hours was enough time to see everything, including the planetarium show. I particularly enjoyed the 'shake house' in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

What can I say ... At this USA travel, first I went to the NY museum of natural history..and I must confess I felt a little bored with the dar wood and the infinity of stuffed animals ... then I went to the California Academy of Sciences. I entered the tropical biome, I saw the white crocodile , the big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Very informative, interesting displays. Exciting to view butterflies in the rain forest, enjoyed the planetarium show, "Habitat Earth". Just wish the kitchen cafeteria was finished already. At least the weather was beautiful to eat outside.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Spectacular time in planetarium HABITAT EARTH show. Remarkable indoor rainforest & well-stocked aquariums w/ both CA coast and Philippine coral reefs.

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Frederick, Maryland, Usa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is simply a wonderful way for people to explore parts of their world that they may otherwise not have an opportunity to see. I saw some incredible frogs and butterflies that were just beautiful like tiny jewels. There were also easy to understand descriptions of everything you are looking at. The message I left with is this: Everything on... More 

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Algonquin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

very cool rain forest. The aquarium was neat as well. Don't need the whole day to finish, but lots of fun for both kids and adults.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Easily one of the best science themed attractions in the world - even though the science is very simplified :) It has an earthquake simulator with a great presentation on earthquake safety, a smallish aquarium and tropical rainforest. I enjoyed the planetarium even thought the show was digital :) It is a great place to spend an afternoon at -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We wished we had an eight-year old with us who would have been even more delighted than we were with the rainforest: climate fully recreated with exotic birds and butterflies freely flying around - you're requested to check yourself carefully when leaving so as not to unwittingly carry one out with you! The albino alligator is also an amazing sight,... More 

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Buenos Aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The Academy of Sciences of San Francisco is located in the beautiful Golden Gate Park. It is an ecological building with excellent exhibits. The highlights are the Planetarium and the rainforest, the beautiful aquarium, all the exhibitions with natural light. A wonderful museum! Worth visiting it!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

I took my 16 year old along with my brothers three year old and 11 year old. The great thing about the rainforest and aquarium side is that it's entertaining for all ages ( I even had a blast). Would like to have seen the planetarium but thought it wouldn't work for the three year old - next time i... More 

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