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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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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #22 of 377 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
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Riverside, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We went here as a day trip while we were visiting san francisco as a family vacation. When you pull up here its beautiful. The grounds are beautiful and the fountains will take your breath away. The location is in a huge amazing park. Once we got inside the museum there was so much to see and explore. We could... More

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I use to enjoy this when I was kid, I took the family there; we all loved it! Now the place is changed less science and more places to eat. I do not like the changes, the family does not like the changes.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very fun in here! Loved the rain forest area with the birds and butterflies. Also the aquarium is very interesting as well. This attraction was part of city pass. Also saw film in planetarium, so be sure to get tickets when you enter, it's included.

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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A very well put together museum which is very educational while not being boring. It brings many aspects of our planet Earth into easy focus.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This most interesting building contains all sorts of displays and a planetarium. Though it is expensive it is well worth the visit. Be sure to get a reservation for the planetarium as it is popular. And be certain to visit the "living" roof.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I loved every minute very unique exhibits, Clyde is a must see!! and the rainforest exhibit was amazing!

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I couldn't wait to visit the Academy of sciences after visiting the website prior to our trip. Unfortunately, with us being English, it fails comparison tests with the Science museum in London. The rain forest attraction is the centrepiece and is quite impressive. The aquariums were good but no better than any other aquarium that seem to be ubiqitous in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I have never been here before so I was kind of thinking i was going to find something completely different, but I am soooo glad I went I had a really good time, it didn't matter I went by myself it's a lot of information here I completely love the planetarium it's amazing, the part where you go inside this... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Although rather pricy, the whole family agreed that it was worth the money - we spent a good four hours there, and could easily have spent more. Each aspect of the place was amazing, with something for everyone - it was all informative as well as entertaining. The highlight personally was the four-floor rainforest, which was astonishing, with interesting animals... More

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I was quite impressed with how much was packed into this space. We visited the rain forest exhibit, the planetarium show, aquarium, rooftop garden and skulls exhibit. I think the skulls exhibit was my favorite since I had never seen anything quite like it before. This is not an inexpensive place, so I recommend allowing enough time to feel like... More

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