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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Huge place, the aquarium and rainforest with butterflies are must see. Definitely a must of you have young kids who loves science, my 5yo love it!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our biggest regret during our recent trip to San Fran was that we didn’t spend longer inside of this museum. It’s absolutely incredible. There are so many amazing exhibits and it truly is exciting for all ages. It was a cross between science and natural history which we just loved. Definitely make time for this if you can!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great afternoon here, I enjoyed the aquarium area the most but be sure to check out the rooftop garden

Thank Tia3462
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you can, try to go NOT on the weekend. It's crazy busy. The line would be out the door. Buy your tickets ahead of time. It's a great museum but crazy crowded so just keep that in your expectations before you go!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

As avid museum goers and locals of San Francisco, this was a unique experience that exceeded our expecrations. The evening included express entry to the Academy, a private reception with speciality cocktails, less than stellar light bites, an hour " behind the scenes" private tour that included special access to the gem & mineral vault with a personable and knowledgeable staff member. Also, access to the amazing domed living roof seen at night with the lights of the City around it. Then reserved planetarium seating with an introduction by a young astrophysicist with quite a sense of humor. The NASA produced visual experience takes you on a journey through our universe in an awe inspiring movie like all encompassing adventure narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The entire evening was truly inspiring , well done by people who are psssionate about this unique, world class destination in Goldrn Gate Park.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is amazing and takes science museums to the next level. There's a rainforest area with the most beautiful butterflies, an amazing aquarium, a planetarium (with fabulous free shows,) an earthquake simulator, an albino alligator and that's just for starters. The building itself is spacious and light, it's a pleasure to navigate. Both the employees and volunteers are so kind, helpful and knowledgeable. Kudos to Bruce who taught us about shark eggs and gave me the low down on albino alligators! There is so much to see and do here, you'll need a full day to do it justice.

Thank pddownunder
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this museum on a whim and do not regret it. Very informative, especially the “rain forest” and the planitarium. A very big surprise and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

First thing is that this place should not be confused with an Aquarium, Zoo,or just a place very you ''see'' things. The Academy of Sciences is a center which focuses its attention on our ecology and natural history and what needs to be done to preserve the same. If you are OK with mixing some light sightseeing with some reading/ education, then it is a great place to spend a few hours. With may experience centers, this would be great outing for kids.

Thank SeshKomanduri
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This fine museum includes a planetarium, which shows films on a big I-max type screen.

It’s not a Traditional planetariums have a big special projector in the middle of the room that presents the night sky, for talks about the stars and planets. This facility is different — they show films, about 40min long.

The films are good for adults and older children - one was about stars, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, and it was really a whole Astronomy course condensed into 40 minutes. Another was about coral reefs, how they live and grow, why they’re dying, hopes for saving them by seeding them with resistant coral species.

We looked at a few exhibits during the 1.5 hours between our films. We enjoyed the penguin feeding and the early hominid exhibit with the replica Lucy hominid.

Thank John G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A really fascinating few hours and well worth the money. The was great for the kids and they loved it. There was so much educational material it was really good for them.

The staff were fantastic, and really helped us out when my little girl was sick. I would recommend this with or without kids.

Thank Stabler12
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