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Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
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
Description:

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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Brilliant museum

We spent 4 or 5 hours in this excellent museum . It's modern, interactive and manages to keep even the youngest and oldest children (me!) engaged . We met and stroked a snake... read more

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twyford uk
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We spent 4 or 5 hours in this excellent museum . It's modern, interactive and manages to keep even the youngest and oldest children (me!) engaged . We met and stroked a snake, petted a starfish and saw an albino alligator . The earth quake experience is brilliant, although slightly worrying to know you are stood on a massive fault... More 

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Naples, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

A really great place but a bit too crowded for my taste and over $200 for a family of 6 was a bit more than we'd expected.

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Dubai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting place to visit with your family. Many interesting information about animals. Its so huge and crowded. You get a discount if your a student. I think you can finish the place in 2 or 3 days, to finish it as all. Here are some pictures.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have visited a number of science museums in a number of cities and have to say that this one is the most interesting and diverse. Added that it is also in Golden Gate park and you have a great day with the family. Worth the cost for sure.

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Canton, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We paid $100 for a family of 4 to get in with a discount from our hotel concierge. The acadey is in the mddle of Golden Gate park and it is a hike from the nearest bus stop - take an uber for ure. I was excited to see the 4 story rain forest which turned out to be a... More 

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Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this museum as a part of the city pass we purchased. The Rainforest and Aquarium parts were our favorites. The kids also loved the area devoted to earthquakes. They got to see their first Planetarium show, which was included. My 8 year old who gets car sick didn't have any issues with the motion sickness they warned us... More 

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Manteca, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a must see destination for anyone, couples, groups and families with kids. The exhibits are so unique and interactive. The rain forest is amazing...every time I go we have large butterflies land on us (the kids love that)! The planetarium movie is amazing! Get tickets early as soon as you get in for this (it is included in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great hands on place for kids. There are lots of fun things for them to see and do. There are even animals they can go see outside as well.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think we were unlucky in our choice of visit day because there were several bus load of pre-school age children on visits while we were there. This meant there was a lot of noise and chaos which did detract from the exhibits. The Exploratorium is much more interesting for anyone over the age of 10 than this museum, in... More 

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have kids you do not want to miss this. It is very educational even for us adults. There is lots to see and do and keep you busy for at least 3 hours. If you have a kid that love science this is the place. It is a bit pricey but so worth it if you only going... More 

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