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Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: +1 415-379-8000
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Check out Nightlife

One of my favorite things to do in SF is to go to Nightlife Thursdays at the museum. It is adults only and multiple bars are scattered around the museum. In addition to the normal... read more

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of my favorite things to do in SF is to go to Nightlife Thursdays at the museum. It is adults only and multiple bars are scattered around the museum. In addition to the normal exhibits, each week has a theme that brings in outside vendors or educators to add to your experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the CAOS in San Francisco. Great day out and definitely worth the trip, so much to see and do.

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Hillsborough, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We used to have annual membership to CAS when we lived in Bay area. When we return to visit, this is the one place my children (ages 12 and 15) always wants to include in visit. The aquarium, Rainforest and topical exhibits are always educational and stimulating. Highly recommend as part of visit to Golden Gate Park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our plans were to visit Golden Gate Park on Segways, but it started to rain so we went into the Academy of Sciences instead and were glad we did. We loved the history, information on earthquakes and so many great things to see. This place is good for all ages.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Two big kids enjoyed it too. Make sure you watch at least one show at the Planetarium as the technology is amazing. Combining an acquarium and rainforest makes these enjoyable and approachable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It has it all...a bit of everything that is perfect for kids and if you come from "Pence Country" and are in denial about the history of life on our planet and the fragility of our tenuous existence here then this is certainly the place to visit. Fish, amphibians, albino "hand bag" still wearing its leather chapps, minerals, rainforests, penguins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I love science and Natural History museums and always go the them in whatever city we are visiting. This one is the tops! It is just amazing, there are beautiful displays and exhibits everywhere you turn, and there was enough for my 16 year old to experience and learn - he is a tech and science geek. He proudly wears... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took my 2 boys - ages 10 and 13. Everyone had a great time! We spent 4-5 hour exploring. The boys loved the earthquake simulator. We also saw a show at the planetarium and another in their 3D theater. The aquarium was awesome and the boys loved the tide pool exhibit. We even went back a second day. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great day out. Tried the earthquake simulator. Beautiful aquarium with exhibits that simulated parts of the california coastline. Went into the tropical dome as well. Educational and interesting for all ages. The areas outside were nice to walk in the garden/fountain area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The day we visited, it was a rainy day. We were glad to find that this was an excellent place to spend half of the day. Aquarium was awesome. I loved seeing unique kinds of sea horses. Penguins and reindeer exhibition was very educational. Lots of families with young children and they certainly look like having fun. We did not... More 

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