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Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Phone Number: +1 415-379-8000
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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 the second time I have been here and I still didn't get a chance to see everything. The best thing to do after you get your tickets is go directly over to the Planetarium... read more

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Atascadero, California, United States
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Atascadero, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the second time I have been here and I still didn't get a chance to see everything. The best thing to do after you get your tickets is go directly over to the Planetarium and sign up for a show because if you wait until the end of the day like we did the first time, you won't... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The rainforest is a favorite, with tropical birds and butterflies landing on your nose if you are lucky. Also the jellyfish, the albino croc, planetarium, tidepool petting zoo, and traveling exhibits. It's also fun to watch other young visitors become entranced! And the food choices are healthy and varied

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the Academy of Science during the Thursday night events : 15$ instead of 30ich $ ! +21 years old only , a lot of different bars with beers, very good cocktails and wine (quit expensive though : cocktails :12$, beer : ~5$) The earthquake simulator is just amazing ! Go early to avoid the queue (same for the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of my favorite things to do in SF is to go to Nightlife Thursdays at the museum. It is adults only and multiple bars are scattered around the museum. In addition to the normal exhibits, each week has a theme that brings in outside vendors or educators to add to your experience.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the CAOS in San Francisco. Great day out and definitely worth the trip, so much to see and do.

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Hillsborough, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We used to have annual membership to CAS when we lived in Bay area. When we return to visit, this is the one place my children (ages 12 and 15) always wants to include in visit. The aquarium, Rainforest and topical exhibits are always educational and stimulating. Highly recommend as part of visit to Golden Gate Park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our plans were to visit Golden Gate Park on Segways, but it started to rain so we went into the Academy of Sciences instead and were glad we did. We loved the history, information on earthquakes and so many great things to see. This place is good for all ages.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two big kids enjoyed it too. Make sure you watch at least one show at the Planetarium as the technology is amazing. Combining an acquarium and rainforest makes these enjoyable and approachable.

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Ketchum, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has it all...a bit of everything that is perfect for kids and if you come from "Pence Country" and are in denial about the history of life on our planet and the fragility of our tenuous existence here then this is certainly the place to visit. Fish, amphibians, albino "hand bag" still wearing its leather chapps, minerals, rainforests, penguins... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love science and Natural History museums and always go the them in whatever city we are visiting. This one is the tops! It is just amazing, there are beautiful displays and exhibits everywhere you turn, and there was enough for my 16 year old to experience and learn - he is a tech and science geek. He proudly wears... More 

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