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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“living roof” (291 reviews)
“albino alligator” (230 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
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+1 415-379-8000
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"living roof"
in 291 reviews
"albino alligator"
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"earthquake exhibit"
in 162 reviews
"an aquarium"
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"natural history museum"
in 106 reviews
"planetarium shows"
in 66 reviews
"tropical rainforest"
in 59 reviews
"golden gate park"
in 348 reviews
"birds and butterflies"
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"penguin feeding"
in 46 reviews
"all ages"
in 264 reviews
"earth quake"
in 44 reviews
"under one roof"
in 63 reviews
"great for kids"
in 76 reviews
"great museum"
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"academy of science"
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"interesting exhibits"
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Reviewed yesterday

It was very educational.. I learned so many new things.. I didn't know as much as I thought I did... The place is big. My son was in AW with the bottom level he wanted to stay there. We were the first people inside which...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on our last day and so glad we did! Much better than the aquarium at the wharf. We took a behind the scenes VIP tour and it was very cool.

Thank Aaron N
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lots of interactive and educational exhibits here for kids of all ages. We got here a little late in the day but it’s not too big so we could see the best bits. Highly recommend the San Francisco earthquake simulator which runs every 15 minutes,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This museum is expensive but totally worth the price. You can interact with butterflies, watch sea creatures swimming, and experience natural disasters.

Thank Diário d
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took my two boys here 2 and 5. They totally loved it. Only disappointment was that the 2 year old couldn’t go in the planetarium so we missed that part of the experience. The older boy was bummed about that. Otherwise the aquarium and rainforest...More

1  Thank Otto C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Took the kids here and they enjoyed it. My son and daughter loves the butterfly house, the earthquake stimulator, & the aquarium. The ticket price is fine if you decide to hang around the whole day. Would do this again.

Thank DWR P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

At least 1 visit here is a must every time we are in SF! Imagine a proper science museum with the types of displays you would expect there, add a several live animal exhibit, an great aquarium, and a planetarium and you'll start to get...More

Thank Quest B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most incredible museums I have ever visited! My husband and I spent over 3 hours visiting the various exhibits and listening to talks and were astounded by the variety. What really makes this place special is the self sustaining building...More

Thank Anamaria S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of he best ways to spend a rainy afternoon in SF I have gone with family and friends and alway an enjoyable time

Thank zippori
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well maintaines, affordable. This was a great way to,share a few hours on a rainy day. I recommend this to a family

Thank southagaincharters
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Neha S
21 December 2017|
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Response from ER2013family | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a very busy day in August. I agree with Mark37Chicago that this place handles the crowds well. As he said, get there early and get your planetarium tickets as soon as you can. There will be line-ups... More
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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
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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.
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