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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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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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  • Average8%
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Maybe we we're a bit jet-lagged, but we got a bit tired fairly soon. However, there are lots of interesting things. And certainly not only for families with children! As somebody else said, if you can bring a pic-nic, the café was expensive and not...More

Thank Sitta
Reviewed 3 days ago

I really wasn't too sure what to expect when I came here but it is just a bit of everything. There are a few museum exhibits like you would see in a natural history museum. There is also a very nice aquarium! I spent well...More

Thank SusanM223
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was the Brit with 2 Californian friends and our time was a bit limited but the museum is full of interesting sections. The planetarium has shows which I think are free to attend and last 20-30 minutes so you get escorted around the universe...More

Thank nabbthis
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved seeing all the different exhibits and animals! Great for taking pictures and learning cool stuff!

Thank notsoprettykitty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used the Big Bus to get to and from the park. There are so many areas to the academy which would appeal to everyone. Unfortunately the rainforest enclosure was being renovated when we were there but could still see some of the butterfly's through...More

Thank Elizabeth R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

California Academy of Sciences is an unforgettable way to spend an afternoon in the city with family. The adults loved it. The children didn’t want to leave!! Wear comfy shoes because it is a lot of walking. There is a restaurant onsite. Although many families...More

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I read all of the reviews on this place and was so excited to get here! We made it our first stop when arriving in San Francisco and couldn't wait to see and do all of the activities listed based on the stellar reviews. Upon...More

1  Thank leslie2412017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Much to see!!! Many neat crystals and rocks, plenty of local sea life, some fossils, great planetarium show, definitely worth the visit!!!

Thank rickster155
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the last full day of our vacation. We spent every day up until this one, doing outdoor things. This day was cloudy, windy, with periods of drizzle from time to time so we spent the day here. It was a fantastic experience with...More

Thank 1zane1
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can spend the entire day and this state of the art museum and enjoy every second. If you are pressed for time must see: Rainforest, Aquarium, Penguin colony and a movie. Also the food at the museum's cafe is delicious!

Thank 100Sharone
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Rajiv S
17 July 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
Richelda R
16 June 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.
Brianna S
2 April 2017|
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Response from CalAcademyofSciences | Property representative |
Hi Brianna! You can absolutely leave and come back the same day, just request a hand-stamp from a door attendant before exiting. You're also totally welcome to bring you own food—we offer seating in the Piazza and in both... More