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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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
7 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Ticket says get their 15 mins before 6pm. Weren't even let in until 6.15pm. Tickets for Night Life cheap and American champagne not that expensive. Had dinner there. Nothing to write home about (cafeteria quality). Cocktails in restaurant very watered down and expensive. Good chance to explore without children. If you are there for the museum see what you want... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great exoerience. My son is still raving about Claude the Albino alligator. Worth the trip to San Francisco and a must see

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for both the young & adults with lots of do, see & learn! So much fun too! Score a pass to The Planetarium currently showing Dark Universe (10.30 am 1st show). The swamp is always a great hit esp the house resident, albino alligator, Claude) with every visitors. For those of us who have not... More

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Philadelphia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this science center. Loved the walk-through rainforest, the earthquake simulator, and the planetarium with special program by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Well worth every penny!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Having been to similar museums in London and Munich, this was a real disappointment. Lots of families with young kids and obviously aimed at the pre-teen age group. We should have skipped this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It was really nice and not as packed as I thought it be. It's been about 30 years since we last went (we were kids) and we both enjoyed ourselves as we last remembered. The aquarium and the rainforest were by far the best! Lots of good information and colorful exhibits. We didn't make it to the museum because it... More

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Milan, Italy
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108 reviews 108 reviews
53 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The reconstruction of the tropical forest is amazing!! birds and butterflies flies all around you. And it would worth to be seen...the ticket however is quite pricy (35$ per person - adult) if you considered that apart from that the museum contains an aquarium (nice to be seen, but there are better ones) and exhibitions that if you don't have... More

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Albany, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We went to a Thurs. night event where it's open to those age 21+. We were group of 2 parents &.3 young adults age 24. Fun way to explore a museum w great music playing & a cocktail in your hand! Looked like a fun way for young adults to be "out" somewhere & possibly meet someone special other than... More

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Rancho cucamonga, CA
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162 reviews 162 reviews
47 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Having just come from DC where most the museums are free, it was shocking to see the price of this place. It is cool and the earthquake exhibit was unique but there isn't that much to do for the hearty price tag. We spent the most time in the butterfly exhibit which was very cool.

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los gatos
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you've ever been to a Smithsonian Museum, you are familiar with what a great museum can do Academy of Science is a Smithsonian Museum in all but name only World class aquarium with some of the best aquatic displays I have seen, exhibits on evolution and migration of man and animals, wonderful animal panorama displays, always a new, special... More

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