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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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Excellent natural history museum!

This natural history museum was a pleasant surprise. The environment was very clean, modern, beautiful, interactive and educational. The extensive coral reef exhibits were the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lubbock, Texas
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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This natural history museum was a pleasant surprise. The environment was very clean, modern, beautiful, interactive and educational. The extensive coral reef exhibits were the best I have seen and is not to be missed. There is something for everyone within the walls of this museum. Don't miss it while touring San Francisco.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a visit for a family! Lots of inventive exhibits and quite a variety of things to see and do! We have been to a lot of children's/science museums in many major cities - this one is a top choice!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to see The Deep. Fascinating deep water creatures, and fish bioluminescence.Loved the bat rays, and the feeding of the reef fish.The biosphere is a must see too. My niece and I got shook up in the earthquake exhibit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately when we arrived at this museum they were closing soon and we weren't allowed in any more (last entry at 4pm, closing at 5pm). However after some research it appears to be a relatively small museum with a very steep entrance fee of $35 for a regular ticket. Comparing to e.g. the fantastic Science and Technology Museum (Deutsches Museum)... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food and varied aquarium. View from the roof is good. Planetarium shut. Good for kids. Tropical zone well done.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went "after hours" following a tip from one of the staff in the art gallery who said it was child free The walk through rainforest and aquarium were both excellent The planetarium was really comfortable but the commentary a little too erudite It was funny to discover that it was child free because there were a number of bars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I loved it here, although I wasn't very excited at first, but I got an entrance from my City Pass. But there's a lot to see and the acuarium part I loved better than the Bay Aquarium! The Earthquake simulator is such a cool experience! You learn and you see awesome things... like the white alligator, so impressive!

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Placentia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Planetarium was closed to build a new exhibit--that was one of the main reasons we went. Aquarium was well worth the visit. Overall, a well maintained and educational place to visit, with or without kids.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First time for the other half but I was here a while back. The tropical bird/plant/fish display was awesome. Live butterflies, and a lot of varieties, that you walk among was as good as it gets for a museum/zoo live display. Everything is well done but I like visiting museums. I was disappointed the planetarium was closed until next month... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Planetarium show is not to be missed. Get tickets early. Penguin show and alligator talk are interesting.

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