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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 #12 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Aquariums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come...
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Type: Educational Sites, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Aquariums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Nelson BC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The displays are excellent and the planetarium show we saw (dark matter) is very good. We spent a very enjoyable 3.5 hours at the academy.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This was a lot of fun for adults and for children. Big surprise how good and inexpensive the food in the café on main floor was and would have loved to have had more time to spend at the Academy of Sciences.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Well designed center, with different sections to please all visitors' interests. The Planitarium was wonderful.

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Perth, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Planetarium, indoor rainforest and aquarium all under one roof. Not to mention albino crocodile! Great day out for all ages. Call in to tower at De Young gallery opposite (9th floor - free) for incredible view of San Francisco while you are there.

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Banff National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I had a lay over in November in San Fran after a business trip down under. I do not often get free time but thought lets make the most of being in San Fran. On my trip to my overnight hotel, my taxi driver had talked about the California Academy of Sciences. I was not sure whether to trust his... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Okay, I have to admit that it might be a little bit expensive but, you will love it. I thought that I was going to be there just for an hour but, it took me 5 hours! There are so many things to do in it! If you like you can do several activities related to animals. There is a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

May not be for everyone, but if you have the time and have no other plans, please visit. I spend several hours there and wasn't enough so I had to go back the next day. May not be for everyone, but if you like planetarium, or aquarium, parks, or even architecture, you will like it.

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Morris County, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Excellent museum. Great aquarium, rain forest, planetarium, exhibits on earthquakes, hominoid evolution and migration, niche ecosystems ... spend all day there. But get there earlier than we did (late morning). We had enough time for our top priorities, but could have used a little more time. We went on a Monday and were able to park on the street, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is a perfect place to bring your young children. My advice is to spend as much time possible without hurrying. A whole day is preferred with some simple planning and dividing the time appropriately in different sections. The displays are in life size model that the children can easily understand. The explanation of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Finally a museum that is catered for the whole family and now to the adults only on Thursday night. At least no kids under the age of 21 allowed. Great opportunity to see this wonderful building and the amazing exhibits it holds. The drinks specials and scrumptious goodies that a available will please everybody's craving. Awesome items to purchase from... More 

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