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California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
415-379-8000
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Ranked #22 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Educational Sites, Science Museums, Aquariums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Natural History Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Gardnerville, Nevada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

a modest aquarium, all digital planetarium, but what really makes this attraction rock is the tropical butterfly enclosure (which doesn't give you the feeling of being enclosed at all. a wonderful design and fantastic attraction. The building also houses a very good cafeteria as well as restaurant. The choices at the cafeteria appear endless, and all I have tasted there... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Entrance 35$ for adult ticket. 3 main places there to see are planetary, aquarium and rainforest house. Other stuff like skull exhibition and other educative exhibitions need more time because of lots of information to read and watch. Good to go. Takes as minimum 2.5 hours to check main three things I've mentioned. So as academy closes by 5PM if... More

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South Portland, Maine
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We were very impressed by the awesome exhibits of common and rare species. Some of the pools were enormous and showed different levels occupied by different kinds of fish. There was even an albino alligator in one habitat. The Academy of Sciences deserves a lot of credit for creating a beautiful visual and education space. Awesome!!

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San Francisco, California
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229 reviews 229 reviews
43 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We visited to see the "skulls" exhibit which has been hyped all over town for months. While the skulls exhibit is fun, we enjoyed the rest of the museum even more - from the green roof down to the (very interesting) aquarium display below decks. The physical space is as much a treat as the exhibits themselves. I was mightily... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We visited the Academy after an early morning visit to the Japanese gardens which are nearby. The Academy is really well laid out. We started on the roof garden and the docent was great at explaining about the garden. We explored the Academy and joined a few talks. We had a late lunch and then headed over to the de... More

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Pinole, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

HEY guys it's Reviewer B. I recently went to check out the museum and my experience wasn't quite as exciting as I hoped for. I heard from my friends that this one of the best museums they have ever been to. This pretty much over hyped the fact of going to the museum in the first place. So it was... More

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TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is very nice, lots to see you will spend some time there, we really enjoyed. We really liked the aquarium, rain forest and earthquake simulator.

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

A San Francisco must see. It has everything from a great aquarium to space shows to earthquake simulation. Set in the heart of Golden Gate Park so go for a stroll beforehand or afterwards too.

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Ipswich, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This was a real treat on our recent visit to SFO and we highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in the Sciences. The aquariums and the rain forrest were just brilliant and the earthquake was very lifelike. Families would love this as much as a couple. Make this a must do on your next visit to SFO in... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Very nice museum. We were in San. Fran. for my son's 30th birthday and he suggested the academy. We all enjoyed it.

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