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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...more
All reviews living roof albino alligator earthquake simulator rainforest exhibit an aquarium planetarium shows natural history tropical rainforest birds and butterflies golden gate park penguin feeding all ages earth quake science museum under one roof great for kids great museum
Our biggest regret during our recent trip to San Fran was that we didn’t spend longer inside of this museum. It’s absolutely incredible. There are so many amazing exhibits and it truly is exciting for all ages. It was a cross between science and natural...More
If you can, try to go NOT on the weekend. It's crazy busy. The line would be out the door. Buy your tickets ahead of time. It's a great museum but crazy crowded so just keep that in your expectations before you go!
As avid museum goers and locals of San Francisco, this was a unique experience that exceeded our expecrations. The evening included express entry to the Academy, a private reception with speciality cocktails, less than stellar light bites, an hour " behind the scenes" private tour...More
This place is amazing and takes science museums to the next level. There's a rainforest area with the most beautiful butterflies, an amazing aquarium, a planetarium (with fabulous free shows,) an earthquake simulator, an albino alligator and that's just for starters. The building itself is...More
First thing is that this place should not be confused with an Aquarium, Zoo,or just a place very you ''see'' things. The Academy of Sciences is a center which focuses its attention on our ecology and natural history and what needs to be done to...More
This fine museum includes a planetarium, which shows films on a big I-max type screen.
It’s not a Traditional planetariums have a big special projector in the middle of the room that presents the night sky, for talks about the stars and planets. This facility...More
A really fascinating few hours and well worth the money. The was great for the kids and they loved it. There was so much educational material it was really good for them.
The staff were fantastic, and really helped us out when my little girl...More
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
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 (especially for the planetarium). so plan to have something for kids to do during that time.
One part that doesn't work well with crowds is the cafeteria. We found lineups super slow and hard to find a place to sit. Please the food was very pricey (although pretty good). Bring your own lunch to save lots of money, time and frustration!
Response from Alexander S | Reviewed this property |
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
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 of interesting things (especially if you traveling with kids and family). Finally, California Academy of Science has fabulous scientific organizational structure and for sure deserve a journey. Hope it helps. Have a nice trip!