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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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11:00 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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Caveat - on our visit the rainforest 'dome' was closed as was part of the building between Africa/penguin areas while a new exhibit was prepped. We still spent over two hours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Caveat - on our visit the rainforest 'dome' was closed as was part of the building between Africa/penguin areas while a new exhibit was prepped. We still spent over two hours being thoroughly entertained, but if a particular aspect of the site is what you want to see do check their website for potential closures. The planetarium and the aquarium... More 

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Centerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The aquarium is fantastic and contains a wonderful collection of both familiar and exotic specimens in very realistic habitats. The collection is extensive. It was, unfortunately, very noisy and crowded on the day of our visit because there were many visiting school groups. The planetarium was disappointing. I expected to see a show about stars and planets but instead it... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Academy many times, but recently went for the weekly event, "Nightlife" which is held every Thursday from 6-10PM. It's an adults only event with cocktails and DJ's, which is just about the best way to see a museum that I can think of...the academy is extra special, with a rainforest, aquarium, earthquake shake house, natural history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There are a variety of things to observe in a limited time. We did not see every details, but the Planetarium and San Fransisco Earthquake Simulation are my favorites. We have watched "The Habitat Earth" in Planetarium and I can sincerely say that anyone observes almost all high school biology course scope here. The visualization, the dimensions are magnificent. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Excellent displays, not crowded, Great planetarium shows with multiple shows available but you need to get tickets early. Even though it is frequented by school groups, you don't feel crowded

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

The earth quake display,the aquarium, and the planetarium...just to name a few really cool displays!! And soon the rainforest...I missed that one..if you have kids, this is really a must to see..we paid 34.00 each person and it was worth every penny!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to take the kids. The exhibits are well laid out and there is plenty to see You can easily spend the entire day here. The biggest problem is the crowds. No matter when or what time I have gone it is always crowded.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The museum itself is PHENOMENAL. The amount it covers and the gorgeous state of the art facilities and exhibitions are truly impressive. Accessible for anyone - kids love all the interactivity, and adults will find engaging and with lots of intellectual depth. Tickets are expensive. Membership can make more sense for some locals. Because of the cost, consider the current... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

So disappointed with the eco structure. The roof garden had neglected native plants. enjoyed the butterfly enclosure but found the old academy much more user friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very nice science museum with interesting and engaging exhibits. Definitely check out the indoor rainforest, planetarium, green roof, and earthquake simulator. If you're visiting with a family (+kids) any day is fine. If you're traveling with a group of adults (young or old), try Nightlife on Thursday evenings. The museum is less crowded and cheaper to visit especially if you... More 

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