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California Academy of Sciences

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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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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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If you are tossing up whether to do the Aquarium on Pier 39 or this, pick this. It has a great aquarium and so much more. And take a look around the Japanese tea gardens afterwards (or before)

Thank kirstynz7
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent nearly an entire day at the Academy of Sciences. It was worth the entrance fee. We enjoyed the rainforest, butterflies and the planetarium. The displays were well done, educational and informative.

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Superb place to visit. You need at least 3 hours but there is a good cafe to re-caffeinate if required. Very educational

Thank Alison H
Reviewed 4 days ago

The place looks impressive from outside, but inside not a lot to see. The planetarium was nice but the rest was really not much, In less then two hours we were out

Thank batyayogev
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Museum was really good and worth the price we paid. We loved the rainforest and the planetarium so I’d recommend you get your planetarium free tickets just after you enter the museum to guarantee your seats. Also, stop by the shop just near the entrance...More

Thank Nuno M
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I managed to obtain free entry tickets, which made our visit totally worth it. We spent a few hours admiring the various exhibits and also walked in various parts of the surrounding Golden Gate Park.

Thank PlanetOz
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Good ————- 1) Indoor rainforest 2) Nice aquarium 3) Clean facilities The Bad ———— 1) Over-priced souvenirs 2) Small compared to other science museums that I have visited 3) Limited variety of subject matter 4) Confusing museum layout

Thank RickPerry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lot of things to see and do at the academy of science. Would definitely recommend taking the kids along. Would return

Thank TwoFrews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think the highlight of this place for the kids was the aquarium. The kids loved touching the starfish and other sea creatures. There was a lot to look at including the planetarium, natural history, butterfly rainforest and the penguins in the Africa section. We...More

Thank aussiefamily2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The animals are great and the planetary was very good. The only issue is it was expensive for only spending a few hours here. I would still recommend visiting if you have time.

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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.