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California Academy of Sciences

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited with 3 generations and our allowed 4 hours went very quickly. Lay out, displays, variety, information pitched at a good level to satisfy most, make this a great outing. The cafe covers all needs, water fountains, rest rooms, shops etc are available for...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank ShonaMargaret
Reviewed 6 days ago

Decided to visit as the weather was awfull, wettest May in San Francisco fourteen years! it is not the cheapest to enter but if you are interested in animals (pleanty of fish in the aquarium, and butterflies in the rainforrest exhibit, with a few frogs,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Arlric
Reviewed 1 week ago

My guest really enjoyed the aquariums and the other water-related exhibits. I've been several times before.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Neil Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

California Academy of sciences what a beautiful spot it is great memories and still around check it out great place to bring kids , couples friends 🦋🐢🦖

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank pearlh2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The rainforest, aquarium, and planetarium are very thoughtfully designed and well executed. Our six year old daughter loved the rooms at the top of the museum designed for hands-on activities. Great staff onsite throughout, especially upstairs in the hands-on section. We also were surprised and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank oliveremily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we were here the rain forest was closed, the presentation at the planetarium was so unimpressive, and the sound or motion buttons on some of the exhibits didn't work. It was a very poor value and there really wasn't much worth seeing. Also,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Christy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to spend a rainy afternoon! The aquarium was excellent and learned about rainforests. Went with a 3 and 6 year old and they loved it!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank constanzio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are 3 types of entry tickets: Adult, Youth and Child. Adult entry is 39.95 $. Has an excellent Planetarium, Aquarium and Natural History Museum. We saw 3 different shows in Planetarium: Passport to the Universe, Expedition Reef and Incoming. All 3 were on different...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank VijayTawker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Should visit .A place to see and learn new things.Visit with family including children.Happy visit to this great place

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dhanpatraj D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What fun! Close up with the dinosaurs.. Show up early and enjoy the dinosaurs then explore the rest of the Academy. Stand still in the rain forest & let the Butterflies fly through your hair. Experience the earthquake re-enactments, the albino alligator and all the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Deborah D
May 20, 2019|
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Response from CharlesYYZ | Reviewed this property |
Coat check yes, you maybe able to check the car seat there too. You can also reach out there customer service prior your visit, they are very helpful via email.
November 22, 2018|
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Response from 753gerrim | Reviewed this property |
Well I'm 41 and I really enjoyed it, it's a very interesting museum so if you get a chance I'd recommend you check it out.
Gary D/Linda W
November 18, 2018|
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Response from Ambika S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the Reindeer, when we visited the Academy it was in August and the highlight was about Earthquakes.