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California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“living roof” (297 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
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"living roof"
in 297 reviews
"earthquake simulator"
in 164 reviews
"rainforest exhibit"
in 145 reviews
"albino alligator"
in 235 reviews
"an aquarium"
in 185 reviews
"planetarium shows"
in 68 reviews
"tropical rainforest"
in 59 reviews
"natural history"
in 67 reviews
"golden gate park"
in 355 reviews
"birds and butterflies"
in 50 reviews
"penguin feeding"
in 47 reviews
"all ages"
in 265 reviews
"earth quake"
in 44 reviews
"great museum"
in 91 reviews
"science museum"
in 154 reviews
"under one roof"
in 65 reviews
"great for kids"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was our second visit after a two year gap. I’m now not sure which global museum is my favourite....Te Papa in Wellington, any of the major London museums or this... I love its design, rooftop garden, enthusiastic staff, butterflies...and, bizarrely, the cafe. It is...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Rainforest and Aquarium defo amazing! Beautiful butterflies and so many amazing fish! Delicious cafe too

Thank Tommitchmond
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Reviewed yesterday

Perfect for the entire family! There is so much to see and do while at the museum. Is a bit expensive, but thought it was definitely worth it. Highlight of SF when we visited!

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Reviewed yesterday

I got in here with a voucher from my CityPass booklet. I saw the albino crocodile and thought it was a fake (until it moved). The earthquake simulator was very frightening. Seeing all the birds and butterflies and being able to go up to the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After visiting the Natural History Museum and Science Museum in London which are incredible for free. I was expecting a lot more for a staggering $175 for a family of 5. I was very dissappointed.

Thank Diane P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

if you are going to go to this facility give yourself at least 3 hours. There is a great aquarium and rain forest exhibit and a planetarium. We also saw a good rock and gem exhibit. There is so much to see that I think...More

Thank Gordtgr
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Reviewed 2 days ago

So much more than just a "science museum"! The aquarium exhibits were so cool, with all sorts of interesting fishes (including a lungfish). We saw a planetarium show - it's not your average planetarium experience, so check it out. Go up to the roof, enjoy...More

Thank Nate C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Experience the real feel of a rain forest, real coral life and sea world, with the planetarium show of coral reefs and their significance, to our planet, in a 3 D experience.

Thank Rauf N
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very disappointed - very expensive - family of 4 $140 - simply too much and not worth it - crowded and not a patch on the museums in the UK

Thank RJH1992
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A well thought of entertainment place mostly with kids in mind. Entrance is pricy but worth it. Good in combination with a walk down Golden Gate Park afterwards

Thank Puraverdad
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Neha S
December 21, 2017|
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Response from ER2013family | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a very busy day in August. I agree with Mark37Chicago that this place handles the crowds well. As he said, get there early and get your planetarium tickets as soon as you can. There will be line-ups... More
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Rajiv S
July 17, 2017|
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Response from Alexander S | Reviewed this property |
Dear Rajiv, you are right that both California Academy of Science in SFO and the Field Museum in Chicago are unique. But they are unique in their own way. I would recommend visiting both of them, as you might discover lots... More
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Richelda R
June 16, 2017|
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Response from Heidi W | Reviewed this property |
It was very expensive. We were there for a couple of hours and it cost $22. Don't park in the garage! There is street parking just drive around some. It's free to park on the street.
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