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Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
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+1 415-379-8000
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11:00 - 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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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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One of the most versatile Science Museums

Went on a Saturday and it was free for a handful of places within the area and was more crowded than normal for a winter day. Changing exhibits and always something new to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went on a Saturday and it was free for a handful of places within the area and was more crowded than normal for a winter day. Changing exhibits and always something new to see. Plan your day to see get tickets to see certain exhibitions. See their web site. A cafe is available on the first floor but avoid 1130-1PM,... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing center. I worried before going that it would be geared towards kids but was pleasantly surprised to find it is enjoyable for all ages. I was only able to spend 2.5 hours or so here and I would highly recommend saving more time to enjoy all that this center has to offer. Walking the Amazon exhibit... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's so much to see and do! The butterflies in the tropical garden are amazing, not to mention the many aquaria and the walk-through underwater tunnel. If you want to see a show in the planetarium, go collect your (free) tickets when you first arrive so that you have maximum choices of shows and times. Admission to the Academy is... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum with lots of surprises and emphasis on our precious environment. It's location in the midst of Golden Gate Park makes it especially easy to get to.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was really looking forward to going here and it didn't disappoint. I particularly loved the room where you can experience what it feels like to be in an earth quake, especially the one that happened in SFO. The aquarium was delightful, however, i did feel a but disorientated as to where i had looked and where i hadn't. The IMAX... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed spending three hours at the CA Academy of Science. The rain forest was beautiful, the aquariums were amazing and the other exhibits were fun as well. A family of young ones and/or teens will find plenty to see.

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St. George, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought my two daughters ages 5 and 2. The amount of hands on things to do and see makes visiting the Academy of Sciences an all day activity. My girls loved the rainforest biome which houses many different species of tropical species. The butterflies that were housed within the biome were the favorite of my daughters. Both of them... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The aquarium on the bottom level had great displays of fish and other creatures .The rain forest area very cool a bit hot but to see the butterflies up close .The penguins are so cute.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is like many museums in one. The aquarium is even on the lower floor, so you don't have to hunt for it. Yes, the alligator is real (we asked).

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Knoxville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though it was crowded, there was plenty of room for everyone. We went on a Wednesday there was a field trip in progress but the place is so huge it wasn't a big deal. Tickets are pricey but worth it. We walked every inch of the place. If you plan to visit the planetarium, you must pick up a... More 

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