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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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This place disign by Renzo Piano is one of my favourite museums around the world, place in the heart of the golden gate park, the building is very complete , reaserach area... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This place disign by Renzo Piano is one of my favourite museums around the world, place in the heart of the golden gate park, the building is very complete , reaserach area, aquerium , some kind of ecodome with rainforest species, the living roof, the kids will love it.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Utterly amazing museum! Set aside probably the whole day for this visit, it will be worth it! It is always relatively busy but the few lines are manageable and worth it! It consists of a museum, an aquarium, a planetarium, and a rain forest. They allow in-and-outs so I suggest popping out for lunch. The store is also very nice!

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Lancashire UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

A cool day more or less decided for me that I would explore indoors so opted to visit the CAS. I had been very impressed by the exterior when I was cycling past and also by other reviews. After 2 attempts to get a decent cup of coffee in the cafe, I asked for a refund as I felt I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

went as a couple but bring the whole FAM..great bargain..aquarium-planetariums-botanical gardens..AMAZING. tons of butterflies flying around ..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

There were some great exhibits at the Academy of Science. However, the attractions was jammed with school groups, tour groups, and families. I would go again, however I would try to figure out a less crowded time of day to attempt another visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

One doesn't have to be a scientist to appreciate the California Academy of Science. One, however, must at least be interested and familiar with fundamental scientific related material.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

A bit expensive, try get a coupon (AAA, search online and so on). Aimed more at the younger audience, but adults will also find interesting stuff to see. Recommended length of stay 2 to 3 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

CA Academy of Science has a beautiful reinforces with exotic butterflies and plants. The earthquake exhibit gives you a real jolt and educates visitors on being prepared. The aquarium has lots to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Spend the day at Golden Gate Park & take the free shuttle around the Park to the Conservatory of Flowers as well. This museum is awesome. Our kids enjoyed it as much as we did. Great aquarium. Really a lot of fun. So many great things to see. The Rainforest was really cool. Definitely worth the visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Visited this science center and felt that for the entry fee of $35 for an adult I should have at least brought a child that would really appreciate what they have to offer. The aquarium was a cool construction and the variety of fish was amazing. There was an albino crocodile which was unusual and in a pen that made... More 

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