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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I chose this place from one of the options on the city pass. The butterflies alone is worth a visit. There huge and fly all over the place. The only thing I didn't like was the promotion of evolution.

Thank Joseph & Preeth... R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just went recently to check this out for the Thursday night 'Night Life' where they sell alcohol and food (for adults), have a DJ as well as have all the attractions open. This is a phenomenal museum and well worth checking out. We got...More

Thank danykelly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic museum to visit, particularly with children. It can certainly get a bit busy, but if you arrive when the museum opens, you typically get a hour or so where things are reasonably quiet. The exhibits are universally well crafted and thoughtful....More

Thank metolius
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made the Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit right before they left. This exhibit was fantastically done with interpretive interactive displays, actual bone specimens, and life-sized constructed models. Adults and children alike enjoyed it all. It was very crowded, and very expensive however....More

Thank Birdsong859
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to visit, I visited with my children 9 & 12. We spent the whole day exploring and learning. This is a hidden gem in San Francisco. I though this was an great interactive fun learning experience for the whole family.

Thank imfloppy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really loved this we went as a family and spent hours inside its like 3 places in one so much to see and do will go back again on next visit we need more places like this back home

Thank tony_squiggle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group was all adults and we were underwhelmed. It was pricey, not very large and crowded. The coral reef was fascinating but otherwise we could have skipped this site. The other sites in the park were wonderful.

Thank John R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most of the visitors to this place are families with young children, but I would argue that the Academy of Sciences is an extremely interesting visit for anyone who appreciates nature and science in general. They have a great aquarium that hosts regular shows, flanked...More

Thank Justin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rain today so we went looking for an inside activity Some really good exhibits and shows , the dark side show was really interesting , however was a bit entailed for the young ones The rain forest with birds and butterflies fantastic as was the...More

Thank stanc179
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

An aquarium, planetarium and rainforest all in one. Worth seeing. Thanks to other trip advisor members who let us know that there is limited seating for the planetarium so you need to get tickets for these shows before they run out. We scored a quiet...More

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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
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.