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Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Phone Number:
+1 415-379-8000
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

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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Friday Afternoon Fun for Thirtysomethings

On a beautiful fall Friday, my sister and I decided to take my husband to Cal Academy of Sciences to celebrate his birthday. For three thirtysomethings, I think we had more fun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Emily S
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a beautiful fall Friday, my sister and I decided to take my husband to Cal Academy of Sciences to celebrate his birthday. For three thirtysomethings, I think we had more fun than the kiddos! We planned to arrive early-ish and ended up in Golden Gate Park around 11 am-ish. We parked in the area and walked to the museum... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful rainy day outing in San Francisco, and those are necessary. The Aquarium is such that you can look from the surface of the water down into the huge tanks and then go downstairs to look from the sides of the tanks. Beautiful live corals on are on display as well as hundreds of colorful fish. There... More 

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

We're originally from London (which has some world-class museums and zoos), and I have to say this is one of the most fun places I have ever visited. I went with my parents (in their 60's and pretty cynical, not really into kids stuff) and my daughter who is 2. We all had an absolutely amazing time. I'd expected us... More 

Thank ACWandfamily
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was not part of the plan but I'm glad we went! The earthquake simulator was kinda cool although I was a bit dizzy afterwards. All the exhibits were amazing!

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Smithfield, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We bought the SF City Pass to get a discount on entry. You have to have your proof of purchase printed - not just on your phone. So plan ahead. Then you wait in the ticket line. Then wait in line again in the entry line. Put someone in both lines so you can jump in the second line after... More 

Thank Hollie834
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A pretty good museum, but not as good as we expected. In part, the issue for us was the result of just a couple of days prior we visited the Monterrey Aquarium which is outstanding. The problem for us then, was that the Cal Academy of Sciences museum is about 50% aquarium which, though good, is NOT as good as... More 

Thank Steve D
Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited the Academy during some of the strongest winds the State had seen for years. The academy was open as per usual and I spent a whole day there, exploring as much of the academy as I could. On arrival, I rushed to watch "Incoming" at the planetarium. It was amazing, informative & I was really impressed to hear... More 

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would say - make it a whole day of fun. I am not a science buff - but the exhibits are so cool. We did not have enough time for the planetarium but we did manage to grab a bite at the "very green" food place. Organic food and drink.. I totally agree that this is more interesting than... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We thought this museum is absolutely fantastic, hugely varied and interactive, great presentation throughout. Initially thought was a bit expensive but well worth the money, excellent visit for anyone!

Thank tallymacfly
Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The huge aquarium and multiple tanks surprised me! So much in fact I think it's better than the aquarium of the bay! It was def my fav part of this little outing.

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