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Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
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
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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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This is a brilliant place, especially if you've got more than one kid with different interests. The educators and presenters are excellent - knowledgeable and friendly. The 4yo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a brilliant place, especially if you've got more than one kid with different interests. The educators and presenters are excellent - knowledgeable and friendly. The 4yo enjoyed penguins, the 10yo voted the planetarium 'awesome', the 12yo loved the rainforest dome. Me, I loved the earthquake exhibit, with a chance to experience the last 2 big quakes in SF...... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Out kids loved this place and as parents, so did we. We also loved the fact that the kids spent so much energy, the fell right to sleep at night and didn't wake up at all during the night. Nice kids playing area too. Take Uber, parking was almost full and expensive. Taxi or uber is better. Everything about this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The last time we were in San Francisco, the old California Academy of Sciences had been demolished and was in the early process of being reconstructed. What a change! There is so much to do here, and it is very children oriented. We spent about 6 hours here enjoying especially the aquarium. It is very innovative, colorful, and well done.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved this place. So interesting and educational at the same time. The rain forest is amazing and fascinating. The albino alligator is a little weird looking. Good selection of aquatic animals in the aquarium and the earthquake house is certainly an experience.Take your kids and they will enjoy it all.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is a delightful experience for the senses. stimulating for the mind. beautiful to look at. things to touch. a fascinating experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see especially if you have children. I had a teenager and he still enjoyed the whole experience. Amazing to see the still albino alligator, which I initially thought was a croc! That is a mighty big alligator! Loved the butterflies flitting through the upper and mid levels of the tropical rainforest, and the pair of Macaws with their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was unbelievable. Your ticket includes the museum, planetarium, aquarium, and rain forest sphere. Super fun, aquarium full of screaming kids, but still awesome. Planetarium was narrated by George Takai which was very well done. Please visit, worth the cost!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent around 5 hours here and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. The tickets are on the pricier side, but I do think it is well worth it. The museum seamed small initially based on the map, but time does go by when you just spend time enjoying the major exhibits like the Rain forest and the aquariums on the lower... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Upon our recent visit to San Francisco the Academy of Sciences had not been high on our must do list; however coming upon it while walking is Golden Gate Park, I am sure glad we took the time. Definitely unexpected, and loved the rainforest ecosystem and acquarium. Could sit for hours and watch the fish in the Phillipine coral reef... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although clearly oriented towards children this is a treat for any age. The wonders of nature, the beautiful colors, the fantastic shapes are a joy for the heart. It is no wonder that the child in us all is touched.

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