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California Academy of Sciences

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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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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
Suggested duration: More than 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 2 days ago

A bit of everything here, and a great experience. Our first day in San Francisco and we spent all of it at this museum. The aquarium beats the other one down at the bay, by far. The exhibits give you a taste of a whole...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank leonemoff
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent about 6+ hrs with a 10 yr old recently. There are plenty of things to see ( and touch), great photo opportunities and time to rest, while watching the beautiful and educational movies. We didn’t get a chance to use the ice skating...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank freemaee
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is s must do for anyone with children. It is the best museum of its type I have seen anywhere in the world. If you are traveling with children or have an interest in science, you should visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PhillipO56
Reviewed 4 days ago

Although it is a fun an a very interesting place for science! Philosophy and acts do not match! It teaches you the importance of nature and natural and animal resources, and at the same time it tells you you reduce meat consumption to preserve nature,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Servando L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a whim to see what it was like - definitely a good choice! So much to see and do. The rain forest is breath taking to walk around, everywhere you turn your head there’s something new to see. We were on a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank g3schultz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting for this museum is quite lovely. The section on early hominids and the rain forest were our favourites. The aquarium is mostly underground. Because of this, the excited shouts of schoolchildren reverberated throughout this part of the building. Lots to see. We were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nekko8
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Color of Life exhibit has live Gouldian Finches which come from Australia. What a treat to see these gorgeous little birds! The rain forest was nice, but could use more pictures/info along the walkway. After four hours we had not seen any of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cal Academy of Sciences is great combination of museum, aquarium and education center. There are lots of activities for kids and the displays will keep adults entertained too. It is located in Golden Gate Park so there are many other things to see and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raymondhiemstra
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the aquariums and the butterfly exhibit. Didn't make it to the planetarium as the line was so long. Pretty good restaurant for lunch, as museum food goes. We were on vacation, and taxied from our downtown hotel each way. $25.00 per ride. It...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CJBCambridge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a short movie about the space, mostly people fall asleep during the show. Other than that is, there is nothing about science, the whole place is about nature, animal world around the globe. Very confusing name and exaggerated price!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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23 November 2018|
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Response from 753gerrim | Reviewed this property |
Well I'm 41 and I really enjoyed it, it's a very interesting museum so if you get a chance I'd recommend you check it out.
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19 November 2018|
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Response from RickPerry | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know.
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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