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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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Amazing museum.! Get there early and stay all day or you will miss all the fantastic attractions. I reccomend the rainforest dome first and the living roof. My only complaint is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Amazing museum.! Get there early and stay all day or you will miss all the fantastic attractions. I reccomend the rainforest dome first and the living roof. My only complaint is the price of parking in the underground garage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If it wasn't for the horrible jetlag we had (coming from HK) we could have easily spent the whole day here. Really, it has so much to see with an extensive aquarium, rain forest dome, planetarium and other exhibits. Our kids jumped around from one display to the next. They loved the tropical rain forest dome with the butterflies all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I had not been to the Academy for a few years but just went with two kids and four adults. We all were engaged and enjoyed the day at the Academy. We went to the Planetarium and watched a film about Habitat which was fascinating for all. We then went into the Biodome and watched the birds and butterflies. After... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This seems nice but not up to the standards of a museum like OMSI in Portland. Also, not sure why but many of the GG park attractions and museums close up at 5PM. Especially in summer, it would seem that they would stay open until at least 7PM. Why force all the tourist traffic onto the road? Let them stay,... More 

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Santa Barbara
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was my third visit to the Academy of Sciences and I can't wait to go again. Love the rainforest and coral reef and the glass tunnel under the rainforest water where one can see the enormous gar and other fishes up close. There is always an interesting temporary exhibit--this time was on earthquakes. Note--make sure you are on time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We spent hours honestly amazed at all kinds of live animals inside. Spent some time in the Planetarium which featured ecosystem, was hoping the show would be about the universe. There are a lot of activities for kids inside. Both adults and kids will be entertained and will learn a lot in this museum.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Both my son in his twenties and I in my sixties spent a very happy three hours at this great museum. After free museums at home in UK and in Washington, we were rather surprised to be paying what to us seemed a pretty high entry fee, but it was well worth it. It is spacious and airy and bright... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A fantastic interactive science museum , we had travelled there on public transport and were rewarded for this with 3 dollars off each entrance ticket

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Sonoma, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Worth the somewhat pricey entrance fee. The Museum is an AMAZING spot for all ages but for kids (to almost any age) it is a place they love. From the rain forest to the aquarium - there are amazing exhibits. The restuarant is super yummy as well. An easy stop while in Golden Gate Park.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One day is all you need, very fun with kids! The cafeteria food was great but very expensive. The albino Alligator is my favorite!

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Additional Information about California Academy of Sciences

Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-379-8000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Golden Gate Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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