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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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Teenagers bored?

This is a good cure. Our 15 yr old didn't want to go but enjoyed it, especially the aquarium, whales exhibit, and that awesome albino alligator. Highly recommend putting this on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Goleta, California

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Goleta, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a good cure. Our 15 yr old didn't want to go but enjoyed it, especially the aquarium, whales exhibit, and that awesome albino alligator. Highly recommend putting this on your list.

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pmc, california
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you had visited the old facility at this same site and compared it to the new, for me it's like comparing a beautiful old Duesenberg car to a new Hyundai which was just in a wreck. First, they put the aquarium in the basement????? Next they created a (RAIN FOREST) exhibit which can accomodate about three people, problem is... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the CAS On the 22nd of November. The venue is in the heart of the Golden Gate park. You can get there via car, taxi (or other service) or public transit. I went with a couple friends to visit this place for the first time. Plan for a full day. There is so much to see and do.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Here I´ve learnt all of my life. It´s been a great, positive experience. Thank you Professor Eckleman for all for help you´ve been a master.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i have come and visited this place 3x. twice with a friend and once with family. every time i go there, i am always amazed. i love the tropical forest in the middle. love the philippine aquarium exhibit. i did the earthquake exhibit and it was awesome. it is always fun to visit.

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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On Veterans day, we came to the museum to try to see it for the day. It was so crowded that you just could not enjoy it. The Kids were so assertive, pushing their way in front of you and so on, that it was pretty unbearable to try to see anything. The kids were screaming, and screaming, and then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we took the bus on a somewhat rainy morning. we used our citypass for entry. we spent a good two and 1/2 hours there but really enjoyed their aquarium the best. when we left the sun was out!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every thursday they do a night show at the Academy, it closes at 5pm and at 6pm reopens to the public but you have to pre-buy tickets for the event. They are WAY cheaper than during the day ($10 vs $30) and the entire space is open (check ahead of time for special exhibits). Not only that, some of the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'd been wanting to go to the California Academy of Sciences since the first time I went to San Francisco and it totally lived up to my expectations. The rain forest was unbelievable and the aquarium was one of the best we've ever seen. I especially liked that you had the opportunity to see some of the fishes from two... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were there on a Sunday - son & his family including a 1 year & 4 year. They have invested in an annual pass. This wonderful museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium and enough exhibits to keep one busy for hours. They had two films - one on planets and one on earth and conservation -- excellent. There are... More 

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