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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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USD 35.95*
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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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USD 60.90*
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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 today

We especially enjoyed the rain forest (butterflies and birds flitting about) and aquarium exhibits. We enjoyed a presentation in the planetarium. Altogether, an amazing number of experiences housed under one roof. The cafe seemed to be expensive.

Thank Lucy E
Reviewed today via mobile

So we didn’t realize it was a free day..I’ve never seen so many people in a museum.. We waited about 30 minutes to get in- but once we were inside it was so busy we barely could walk. Everything had lines. We waited for the...More

Thank Travelling123441353
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s a out of the world museum, I’ve been at their first location but this one is so increadible that is a must.

Thank RaylerErse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here as a family of 4. An excellent place to spend a half day. We were there on a weekday. It was very crowded and I imagine it would be worse on weekends. The food options were horrendously expensive so make sure you take...More

1  Thank L2R_SYD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Why did Trip Adviser report that no tickets were available for this museum when I was able to go directly to the museum's website and purchase directly. This is frustrating and diminishes confidence in TA.

Thank Joe L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a high school science teacher and recently found myself in San Francisco for a friends wedding. While the family was preoccupied getting things ready, I took an Uber to Golden Gate Park to explore for the day. What a fantastic time I had!...More

Thank Arlyn B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being in our early 30's with no kids we found this place a bit kid-centric. The displays and attractions were more aimed at younger kids. Go to the Exploritorium for a more hands on adventure!

Thank Andrea K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a the only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-natural history museum on Earth, adventure is around every corner. If you are driving, parking place is far away. If you come by bus, it is preferable. Or take a taxi. You can marvel at the deepest living coral reef...More

2  Thank DrTM8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My two boys, ages 6 and 9, really enjoyed this museum. We spent over 4 hours there and still didn't get to see everything. It started to get really crowded (around 2pm) so we left. As others recommended, we got our Planetarium passes right when...More

1  Thank toptan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a lot going on here with many different sections, so make sure you allocate plenty of time to visit. The various planetarium shows are cool and free - the narrator for the earthquake one was very good - as is the rainforest exhibit. The...More

1  Thank TengKiat
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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.
Brianna S
3 April 2017|
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Response from CalAcademyofSciences | Property representative |
Hi Brianna! You can absolutely leave and come back the same day, just request a hand-stamp from a door attendant before exiting. You're also totally welcome to bring you own food—we offer seating in the Piazza and in both... More